O Radix Jesse,
O Flower of Jesse’s stem,
you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; rulers stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you.
Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.
About the O Antiphons
In today’s readings the mother of Sampson in her old age is told she will give birth to a son and Zachariah is told his wife, Elizabeth also in her old age, will give birth to a son. Both are surprised by God, as is youthful unwed Mary, mother of Jesus, by their unexpected pregnancies. All three sons have a significant role in God’s plan for humankind.
In our lives from youth to old age we are continually called to give birth to the new life which God calls us to welcome and nurture. Today might be an appropriate time to reflect on our journey of birthing, welcoming and nurturing all that God has done throughout our life and/or to become aware of what God is trying to birth in us today.
Am I open to welcoming this new life and all it requires of me at this moment of my life?
God of new life as I prepare to celebrate once again the birth of Jesus, God in human flesh, help me to be aware of how you are being born in me at this time in my life and help me to welcome You with open arms and heart.
–Elizabeth Kerwin CSJ
Photograph by Clare T. Pelkey CSJ