Posted by: livingscripture | December 20, 2012

Third Thursday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who open and none can close, who close and none can open, O come, free the captive from prison who sits in darkness in death’s shadow!”

(O Antiphon Day Five)


How should we live this Word imagesCARK0V2I

Key and scepter, the two regal symbols that open today’s antiphon.  The House of David remains in the background for it will never lose the scepter of guidance and command.  The majordomo accomplished the task of opening and closing the doors.  (Cf Isaiah 22: 22)  It is a task of great and serious responsibility in the royal Kingdom of Judah as it is in the universal Church entrusted to the guidance of Peter who had proclaimed Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God.  To Him Jesus entrusted the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, to bind and to loose.  (Cf Mt. 16: 15-19)

Jesus knows all our works.  He does not close the doors on those who try to guard His Word and do not betray His name, even if they have little strength.  The door of salvation is closed on no one!  Even when Ahaz refuses to ask for a sign, the sign is still given in the birth of a Son, Emmanuel, God-with-us.  God Himself takes care of the Kingdom, protects it, and guards it according to the promise.  He gives salvation to His people through the successor of David, the Servant of the Lord.  He frees all the peoples of the earth from the darkness and the shadow of death.

‘He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there will be no end.”  This message is given to Mary who accepts the divine messenger and is overshadowed by the Holy Spirit as she expresses her complete adhesion to God’s salvific designs.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder God’s great love for me and for all humankind.

“Come, Lord Jesus, come!

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