O Root of Jesse - 'O Antiphon' for the 19th of December
Published by Dominican Nuns Ireland in Reflections (Other) · 19 December 2020
O Radix Jesse – O Root of Jesse
O Root of Jesse set up as a sign to the peoples, come to save us and delay no more.
Yes, today we call upon God to save us and delay no more, this theme is prominent in all the Liturgy of this season. People through the ages right up to the present day either explicitly or implicitly have called upon God to save them – but the marvellous truth is that our loving Father in heaven wants it infinitely more than we could ever conceive in our finite minds and hearts. So much does He thirst for all peoples to be with Him for all eternity that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to be our Saviour and Redeemer.
In the letter to the Hebrew: (10:5-10) we are told : ‘this is what Christ said coming into the world – You took no pleasure in sacrifice for sin – then I said ‘God, here I am – I am coming to obey Your Will.’
This is the stupendous and wonderful mystery we will be celebrating in just a few days.
The 33 years of Jesus’ earthly life did not suffice. As St. Elizabeth of the Trinity has expressed it so beautifully and profoundly – ‘from each of us he demands another humanity’ He says: ‘My child give me your heart that in you and through you in a life of union, the Father may be loved ardently, give me your mind, your heart, your hands, your eyes, your whole being, so that I may live My life on earth’.
We are called to be instruments for Him to act in and through us for the salvation of all people.
How alert, how aware we must be of His desire to work in and through us His compassion especially at this time of the COVID19 Pandemic.
O Root of Jesse, come and deliver us, do not delay.
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