Sean Loone

In this article the writer shows how the prophetic tradition in the Scriptures and historical context can help answer young people's questions about the 'truth' of Advent. Sean Loone is a deacon in the Archdiocese of Birmingham and lectures at St Mary's College, Oscott.

'The Lord Himself, therefore, will give you a sign. It is this: the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel' (Isaiah 7.14)

teenagerThere comes that moment in a lesson, which, as a teacher, you both relish and dread when the teenager asks the important question, 'Is it true?' What happens next is, potentially, a watershed moment both in terms of the teacher's credibility and how from that moment on the teenager views the subject. This, perhaps, takes on an even greater degree of importance when the subject in question happens to be Religious Education in a Catholic School. So imagine the scene, if you will. It is Advent and you are studying Matthew's Gospel with specific reference to chapter 1 verses 22-23,

'Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel, a name which means 'God-is-with-us.'

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