“Promises are Promises! – Lk: 1:69-75”


Today, the “O Antiphons” begin.  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,  The O Antiphons are antiphons used at daily prayer in the evenings of the last days of Advent in various liturgical Christian traditions.  Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. They are: 

  • December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
  • December 18: O Adonai (O Adonai)
  • December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
  • December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
  • December 21: O Oriens (O Morning Star)
  • December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
  • December 23: O Emmanuel (O Emmanuel)

In the Roman Catholic tradition, the O Antiphons are sung or recited at Vespers from December 17 to December 23. 

   

Todays “O Antiphon” is: 

O wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: Come to teach us the path of knowledge! 

Week 3 of Advent

 

7 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST, 
and this is the 19th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”

   

  Quote or Joke of the Day:

   

 When God ordains, He sustains.

   

Today’s Meditation:

   

He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant, even as he promised through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old: salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to show mercy to our fathers and to be mindful of his holy covenant and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father, and to grant us that, rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.  (NAB Lk 1:69-75)

   

Focus, in these verses, was more on Jesus than his new-born son, John.  At long last God is sending a ‘Messiah” into the world.  This savior had been anticipated for eons.  With the exodus, captivity, and dangers the Jewish people have been through, they may have lost trust from time to time, but they always knew that a ‘Messiah’ was going to come, and bring them to salvation.  

Zechariah is thanking God for the early Christians being part of His covenant of salvation, and from His protection and salvation from all who hated them.  God always keeps His promises.  Jesus is not coming to use military strength as most jews of the time thought, but instead conquers enemies with peace.  

It may seem at times that God is ignoring us, but far from the contrary, this is not true.  He always gives us one of four answers:  

“Yes, I will do this.” 

“It will be done at some time.”

“It will not be done your way, but it will get done.”

or, “No, I will not do this.”

 

The way I look at it, if your prayers to God for intercession or true, and not selfish, you have at least a 75% chance of getting your wish.  That is not too shabby! 

   

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO

   

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Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #17:

   

In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ.  

By living the grace of matrimony, husbands and wives in particular should bear witness in the world to the love of Christ for His Church. They should joyfully accompany their children on their human and spiritual journey by providing a simple and open Christian education and being attentive to the vocation of each child.  

 

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