Thursday, December 18, 2014

O Antiphon for December 18 -- O Adonai!

O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, Who didst appear to Moss in the flame of the burning bush, and didst give unto him the law on Sinai: come and with an outstretched arm redeem us.  (Exodus 3:2; 20:1)

On Mount Sinai, God had spoken only one language and to one people alone, but the proclamation of the gospel -- which was to reunite into one all the peoples of the world in the faith of Jesus Christ and the knowledge of God -- was heard in all languages, and "each one heard them speaking in his own language" (Acts 2:6). Thus did Jesus establish his law in a very different way than had Moses. Let us believe, let us hope, let us love, and the law will be in our hearts. Let us prepare for him interior ears, a pure attentiveness, and a filial fear that comes to its perfection in love.  ~Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet in Meditations for Advent

Open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your law.  ~Psalm 119:18

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