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Saturday, Third Week of Advent (O Root of Jesse)

December 19, 2015

JMJ

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

ORootJesse
Isaiah 11:10:
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)

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)

The Spirit of the Lord
indwells
the consecrated soul
and gives him power
to begin
the work
of God.

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?

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