Posted by: livingscripture | December 17, 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 17, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent

 

WORD of the DAY

 

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care: Come and show your people the way to salvation.

(O Antiphon for Magnificat)

How shall I live this Word?

Today we begin the octave of Christmas that prepares us for the feast.  There are eight days before and eight days after to express the importance of this CHAIROS: the day inhabited by the mystery of the Incarnation.

Today we have the O Antiphon of the Magnificat at Vespers.  The O Antiphons are ancient compositions that summarize in a few lines, the many passages of the Old Testament that recount the promise and are connected in the acronym – ERO CRAS –  I COME TOMORROW.  They are eight days of expectant invocation of Christ, God become human.  They are very beautiful and can help for silent prayer, memorizing them and repeating them silently in our heart.  It is also lovely to sing them chorally and thus solemnizing them in community prayer.

Each antiphon points out an attribute, a name of God:  today it is Wisdom.  It is Wisdom personified in the Book of Wisdom that comes from the mouth of God and enters into the heart and mind of humanity, making it able to live fully in its image and likeness of God.  It is a Wisdom in deep synchrony with the will of God.  It is a wisdom that gives strength for discernment, courageous prudence, the ability to risk that generates newness.

Lord, come to teach us the way of Wisdom!

The Voice of the Liturgy

O God, Father of the humble and poor, who call all people to share the peace and joy of Your Kingdom, show us Your kindness and give us a pure and generous heart to prepare the way for the Savior who is coming.

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