Tuesday, December 19, 2017
December 19, - 3rd Week of Advent - Tuesday
+ Today we recall once again the importance of John the Baptist in the immediate preparations for the coming birthday celebration of the Lord. The gospel gives us accounting of John’s conception, just as the first reading gives an accounting of the conception of Samuel (which really pointed to John) – each were extraordinary, due to the advanced years of the mothers involved – and each took an act of great faith for the fathers involved. For it was easier for Manoah to believe what would happen to his wife, than for priest of the temple, Zechariah to understand what would happen to his. Nothing is impossible with God, and the greatness of the Lord’s herald ought to be something special and out of the ordinary!
Today we also continue with the “O Antiphon” Series in the “Alleluia Verse” before the gospel: (O RADIX JESSE) O ROOT of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s favor for all his people: come to save us without delay.
The Root of Jesse’s Stem, is the Holy One who would come to establish a true and lasting spiritual kingdom, a people who would be God’s specially favored, worthy of being saved from destruction and sin.
May we believe with all our hearts that God can do anything he chooses for us, and that the Messiah he sent from Jesse’s stock, the flower of all of Israel, can decorate our own souls and preserve them for eternal life!
My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!
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