Saturday, Third Week of Advent (O Root of Jesse)
Blessed Ember Saturday!
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.
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)
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)
The Spirit of the Lord
the consecrated soul
and gives him power
Do I guard the consecration of my soul, the way St. John the Baptist did (avoiding Samson’s fate)?
Do I see my own holiness as a prerequisite for the mission to which God’s called me,
for the benefit of others?