Thursday, December 20, 2012

O Clavis David

O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open: Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and in the shadow of death.

The first shoot from the tree of Jesse is his son, David.  The prophet Samuel passes over the seven oldest sons of Jesse in his search for a new king.  Jesse then pulls forward his youngest son - the shepherd boy, the least of the brothers.  And this is whom Samuel anoints as the new king.

God seems to always choosing and using the 'least' to open new doors that need to be opened and to close doors that need to be closed.  God calls each of us to do God's work...but the first step forward needs to come from us. 
Each of us already holds the 'key of David' in order to be God's presence in the world...a presence that is so greatly needed.  So on this fourth day of the O Antiphons, what is preventing you from turning the key and opening yourself up?

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

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



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