Tuesday, December 18, 2012

O Adonai

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai Mountain; Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.

 Moses – a shepherd and a murderer, comes face to face with a bush that is burning, but not consumed by the flames. The bush, most likely a thorn bush of some sort, is the least of all the plants and tress of the desert.  Sometimes we can forget that no place is ever void of the presence of God.  Not a thorn bush, not Syria, not Sandy Hook Elementary, not even you or I.
God will often come to us in our lives as some sort of “burning bush” in order to flame away who we think we are so that we can serve God and serve others by who we really are. And in doing so, God sets us free.

So on this second day of the O Antiphons, can you feel the heat?

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


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