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Thursday, Third week of Advent (December 19, O Root of Jesse)

December 19, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Thursday!

O Root of Jesse
Who stands as a sign for the people,
Before Whom kings silence their mouths,
With Whom all nations shall plead
Come to set us free without delay

In that day the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations,
the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.
~Isaiah 11:10

Jesse was the father of King David (see Ruth 4:17, among others), the “root”, of David’s dynasty,
which God promised would last forever (I Chronicles 17:11-14).
Since the world will come to an end, only Jesus could fulfill this promise;
Jesus, the Son of David who is King forever.
(see also Isaiah 11:1, Micah 5:1, Romans 15:12, Revelation 5:5 & 22:16)

Entrance Antiphon:
He Who is to come will come and will not delay,
and now there will be no fear within our land, for He is our Savior.

Collect:
O God, who through the child-bearing of the holy Virgin
graciously revealed the radiance of Your glory to the world,
grant, we pray,
that we may venerate with integrity of faith
the mystery of so wondrous an Incarnation
and always celebrate it with due reverence.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings:
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25 (announcement of the conception of Samson)
Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17 “Fill me with Your praise and I will sing Your glory!”
Luke 1:5-25 (announcement of the conception of St. John the Baptist)

When we need help
God sends a child.

It matters how we raise him!

Before his birth
we must be pure,
prepared to consecrate his life
unto the Lord
in holiness.

It’s not enough
to keep the rules.

Both were righteous in the eyes of God,
observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
~Luke 1:6

We must believe
what God has said
or He will shut us up
until we do!

But now you will be speechless and unable to talk
until the day these things take place,
because you did not believe my words,
which will be fulfilled at their proper time
~Luke 1:20

We need a living faith
to quicken in our sons
the receptivity
to power from on high.

Do I expect God to do great things through children?
Am I passing on to my children (biological and/or spiritual) a living confidence in God?

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