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Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, O Lord of Lords

December 18, 2016

JMJ

Blessed Sunday!
Today’s O Antiphon:OLord

O Lord of Lords
And Leader of the house of Israel
Who appeared to Moses in the bush’s flaming fire,
And gave to him the Law of Sinai
Come stretch out Your mighty hand
to set us free

Note the relationship with the following passage: Revelation 17:14:
They will fight against the Lamb but the Lamb will conquer them, for He is the Lord of Lords
(see also Isaiah 11:4-5, 33:22, Genesis 3, Exodus 3, Exodus 19-20, Deuteronomy 10:17, I Timothy 6:16, Psalm 136:3, Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:6)

Jesse Tree
Rehoboam, I Kings 12:1-20
Suggested symbol: map of Israel, divided
The image I’m using here can be downloaded in printable form here: 4jesse-tree-pictures

mapisraeldivided
When life became
oppressive
under Solomon
(who taxed the realm
to please
his foreign wives),

his subjects
begged
his chosen son
Rehoboam
to give them
some relief.

But he would not
relent;
the realm
was rent,
and scandal
led to flagrant
disbelief*.

O holy Lord,
remind me that
my sin
is never private.
It breaks openings
within the realm
of grace,
and others fall.

*see I Kings 12:26-33

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