Posted by: livingscripture | December 19, 2017

Third Tuesday of Advent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 19, 2017

Third Tuesday of Advent

 

WORD of the DAY

O Root of Jesse, Who stands for an ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall keep silence, and unto Whom the Gentiles shall make their supplication: come to deliver us, and tarry not.

(O Antiphon for Magnificat)

How shall I live this Word?

Root of Jesse:  this antiphon briefly recalls the karma of the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, especially chapter 53.  It is an unjust, unexpected, inappropriate suffering but it is not an end in itself.  It is a sign of suffering and here is the key word: it is the sign of Jesus.

The awaited One, whose genealogy it seems possible to trace, comes and disconcerts, because His genealogy captures the most irregular elements and builds a new meaning for His coming.  Only Isaiah had intuited it and did not fear to prophesy the Suffering Servant. In the temple, Simeon will recognize Jesus as a sign of contradiction, come to reveal the human heart to itself.

Lord, You who raise Yourself as a sign for the nations, come and see the violence, hunger, hatred that afflict our people.  Come and free us!  We raise our eyes to You like the people in the desert raised their eyes to the serpent held up by Moses.

The Voice of Anonymous

What is hidden and is under the earth like a root, will be put on high, raised up to attract everyone’s attention.  Such a sign will serve to unite into one Kingdom the divided members of the people and to receive the favor of all the nations. 

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