Posted by: livingscripture | December 19, 2012

Third Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay!”

(Alleluia Verse – O Antiphon – Christmas Novena Third Day)


How should we live this Word db_8-Genealogy_of_our_Lord1[1]

Today’s Antiphon again returns us to Israel’s history.  At the same time, it recalls the prophecies regarding the blossom that will come from the root of Jesse’s stem, a branch that will bloom from its roots.  The historical person referred to is Jesse, the father of David, the ancestor of all the kings of Judea, and of the Messiah.  The prophecy refers specifically to Him, the Davidic Messiah, the One on whom the Holy Spirit will come.  He is the One who will not judge according to appearances but with justice, and will make fair decisions for the humble of the earth.  (Cf Isaiah 11: 2-4)

When all this and more happens, then the root of Jesse will be a vessel for the peoples, for the nations that seek Him anxiously, and His dwelling shall be glorious.  But this is not the sign that will close the mouth of the earth’s kings.  Instead, the sign is the sprig grown in arid lands, with no apparent beauty to attract our glance.  He will be despised; a man of sorrows, who took upon Himself our sufferings, and on whom fell the punishment that brings us salvation.  He is the Servant of the Lord who will be raised on high.  Before Him the kings and all of us will remain silent because we will see something unheard of and we will understand what has never been known.  (Cf Isaiah 52: 13-53:12)

This faithful Servant, this blossom of David, will win, and He will open the book of life with its seven seals.  (Cf Revelation 5: 5)  Thus, we raise our eyes to Him and we invoke Him incessantly, Come, Come to free us!  Do not delay!

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this antiphon and its meaning for my life.  Even if the Lord delays, I will wait for Him, for I know He will come!

Come, Lord Jesus, come!

The voice of Caryll Houselander, Mystic, Poet, Spiritual Teacher 

It is a time of darkness, of faith.  We shall not see Christ’s radiance in our lives yet; it is still hidden in our darkness; nevertheless, we must believe that he is growing in our lives; we must believe it so firmly that we cannot help relating everything, literally everything, to this almost incredible reality.

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