O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem Gentes deprecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.

O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

Are these antiphons starting to sound familiar??? That’s because they probably should 😉

That’s right, this popular hymn from the 19th century is based on the O antiphons 🙂

Tonight we reflect on God’s promise to David that his line will never die……and that the Son of God also shares his heritage with the sons of man. With Mary’s yes, our Lord unites himself forever to humanity. Like the song says, the Root of Jesse comes to free us not only from our enemies…but from the very Devil that tries to ensnare us.

Satan–properly understood– is not the man with a pointy beard, horns and a pitchfork…..but rather the adversary who tempts us, and slowly bends our own wills to do what WE want to do rather than what our Father wishes for us.

In our weakness, we sometimes choose the way that gives us instant gratification…the impulse that allows us to prosper at the expense of others. The Branch of Jesse comes to free us from that bias….and opens to us a new way of salvation.

The babe born in the manger does not stay that way….he grows, he teaches, and becomes the Lamb of God bloodied on a Cross….to rise again and to break the bonds of death. Christus Victor! Lord Jesus, come soon! Come and be born in our hearts. +