“O STOCK OF JESSE” (DECEMBER 19)- A REFLECTION ON THE GREAT “O” ANTIPHONS FOR THE SECOND PART OF ADVENT

Today’s supplication to Christ at Mass and at Vespers goes thus:

The Third O Antiphon – O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse) | Candle lite, Pink candles, Latin words“O Stock of Jesse, you who stand as a signal for the nations; kings fall silent before you whom the peoples acclaim. O come and deliver us, and do not delay”

Dear friends in Christ, according to the promise, the Messiah would belong to the Davidic dynasty, whose stock is Jesse, which will spring forth. Put differently, a shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” (cf. Isaiah 11:1). Therefore, in the womb of the Virgin Mary (of the house of David) a shoot of Jesse sprang forth. In other words, the inviolate, intact and chaste bowels of Mary produced, like an evergreen meadow, a flower whose beauty will never know corruption and whose glory will never decline. Thus, the Child Jesus was born “in Bethlehem of Judea,” the city of David as a fulfilment of that promise. (cf. Mt 2: 5-6, Mk 5,1). In that sense, He comes to meet us and save us, liberating us without delay

Shalom!
© Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, Vila Sabrina, São Paulo, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?

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Chinaka Justin Mbaeri

A staunch Roman Catholic and an Apologist of the Christian faith.

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