O Antiphon~ Radix Jesse

Today's antiphon and Scripture references demonstrate the connection between Old and New Testament, how the New fulfills the Old's prophecies of the Messiah's coming.
To quote Fr. John Corapi," God's Word is not a something, it is a Somebody; His name is Jesus." The Father spoke this Word, and it was all He needed to say.
As we prayerfully read the Scripture references for today's antiphon, may we hear more clearly God speaking His Word to us in the depths of our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, may God's Word prepare our hearts to receive the Word made flesh.

 Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)

 O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to deliver us, do not tarry.

Scripture References
Isaias 11:1
And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root.

Isaias 11:10
In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious.

Micheas 5:1
Now shalt thou be laid waste, O daughter of the robber: they have laid siege against us, with a rod shall they strike the cheek of the judge of Israel.

Romans 15:8-13
For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name. And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and magnify him, all ye people. And again Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse; and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing; that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Ghost.

Apocalypse 5:1-5
And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne, a book written within and without, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel, proclaiming with a loud voice: Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man was able, neither in heaven, nor on earth, nor under the earth, to open the book, nor to look on it. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open the book, nor to see it. And one of the ancients said to me: Weep not; behold the lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.


Anne said…
"Do not tarry." Why does it always seem to take Him so long? I imagine He has so many prayers to answer and He loves us all so much, that our deliverance can't come until we all accept where we are without constantly asking for me. Once we are all satisfied with our lot in life, our deliverance will finally come.

Of course, who am I to say.
Karinann said…
Actually Anne, I think you said it quite well. We are always in such a hurry. Advent should teach us to slow down and take things as God gives them in His time.
Thanks for your thoughts on this and God Bless!