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Monday, Fourth Week of Advent, O Root of Jesse

December 19, 2016

JMJ

Blessed Monday!

Here’s today’s O Antiphon:ORoot

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

Note the relationship to the following passages:
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)

Jesse Tree
Hezekiah, 2 Kings 20:1-11
Suggested symbol: shadow on ten steps
The image I’m using here can be downloaded in printable form here: 4jesse-tree-pictures
shadowsteps

Two hundred years have passed
since Rehoboam’s
fateful choice.

The Northern Kingdom
is no more,
wiped out
by enemies
when evil grew,
unchecked,
cut off
from worship’s
remedies.

Things aren’t
a whole lot better
in the Southern Kingdom,
Judah,
but at least
they have the temple,
and can institute reform.

King Hezekiah
carries on
the line of David
and the Promise–
but he does not have a son.

And he is dying.

Once again,
the Promise
of a Savior
is at risk.

He begs for life!

and God agrees
and demonstrates
the healing
is from Him
by making time
retrace
the steps
it had advanced.

O Lord,
I do not want
to have regrets.
If I should die today
what would be left
undone
in Your designs
for me?
Grant me
the grace
to give
those things
their due priority.

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