A Coming Christ in Advent

Matthew and Luke both begin their account of the good news of Jesus Christ with two quite different stories of Jesus' conception and birth. These nativity stories draw deeply on imagery found in the Old Testament to proclaim that Jesus, Lord and Messiah, was not simply adopted as God's Son at his resurrection, or revealed as God's Son at his baptism in the River Jordan, but was indeed the Son of God from his birth.

In this series during Advent 2006, we studied the gospels narratives that prepare for the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1 and Luke 1), using as our primary reference Father Raymond E. Brown's booklet A Coming Christ in Advent. Essays on the Gospel Narratives Preparing for the Birth of Jesus, Matthew 1 and Luke 1, derived from his magisterial commentary, The Birth of the Messiah. A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Also see our earlier series on the Christmas stories in Matthew 2 and Luke 2, based on Father Brown's booklet An Adult Christ at Christmas.

Presentations were by David Monyak.

Downloads: Presentations

Genealogy of Jesus Christ. The Annunciation to Joseph

The Annunciation to Zechariah and the Birth of John the Baptist

Introduction to the Lucan Canticles. The Benedictus

The Annunciation to Mary, the Visitation, and the Magnificat

References

Primary

A Coming Christ in Advent. Essays on the Gospel Narratives Preparing for the Birth of Jesus, Matthew 1 and Luke 1. Raymond E. Brown. The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1988. ISBN 0-8146-1587-X

Secondary

The Birth of the Messiah. A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Raymond E. Brown. Doubleday, New York. 1993. ISBN 0-385-49447-5