Posted by: livingscripture | December 18, 2015

Third Friday of Advent



From the Word of the Day

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; as king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land.  In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security.  This is the name they give him: ‘The Lord, our justice’.”     

(Jeremiah 25: 3-8)

How should we live this Wordroot

 The last kings of Judah were in no way conformed to God’s plan; they dispersed the people instead of uniting them.  Jeremiah, who has unjustly passed into history as the prophet of doom, always courageously denounces the evil deeds of these kings.  However, he was also called to perceive and announce a future of hope coming from the ‘stump of Jesse’, like David.

He will bring about a new exodus, no longer out of Egypt to return to Israel, but from all countries toward their own land.  The image of the ‘righteous shoot’, which alludes to this coming of Jesus from the ancient stump of Jesse, is beautiful.   Yes, everything passes, undergoes the deterioration of nature, but Jesus is truly this shoot than cannot deteriorate or pass away.  He underwent death in His body, but in order to rise and make Life triumph.    He is the ‘righteous shoot’ where the holiness of His life is radiant with justice that creates harmony in those who, following Him, are committed to making justice triumph in their thinking, feeling, and especially in their actions.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my faith in Jesus, the righteous shoot, whose kingdom will never pass away, for it is a kingdom of love.

Lord, help me remember that Christmas is the reminder that You continue to come as the ‘righteous shoot’ forever in our history.  Let me be Your shoot so that Your lymph of justice may flow in me and I can be deeply grafted into You who are joy and salvation!

 The Voice of the Founder of St. Egidio Community

 To have hope does not mean to have a clear vision of how tomorrow will be.  Deep hope comes from the conviction that the human family has not been abandoned by the greatest Love.


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