Saturday, December 20, 2014

O Antiphon for December 20 -- O Clavis David!

O Key of David, and Scepter of the house of Israel, that openest and no man shutteth, and shuttest and no man openeth: come and bring the prisoner forth from the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.  (cf. Isaiah 22:22; Revelation 3:7; Luke 1:79)

"Our Lady said yes.

"She said yes for us all.

"It was as if the human race were a little dark house, without light or air, locked and latched.

"The wind of the Spirit had beaten on the door, rattled the windows, tapped on the dark glass with the tiny hands of flowers, flung golden seed against it, even, in hours of storm, lashed it with the boughs of a great tree -- the prophecy of the Cross -- and yet the Spirit was outside. But one day, a girl opened the door, and the little house was swept pure and sweet by the wind. Seas of light swept through it, and the light remained in it; and in that little house a Child was born and the Child was God.

"Our Lady said yes for the human race. Each one of us must echo that yes for our own lives."

~Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God

Come, O Key of David, and by Your love unlock the yes in my heart so that I may echo Our Lady's fiat. Like her and with her, may I too give birth to the Light of the World. Amen.

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