Advent Meditations: Thursday 19 December

Dec 19, 2019 by

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Dec 19
am: 50, 59
pm: 60, 33
Zech 4:1-14 Rev 4:9-5:5 Matt 25:1-13

Notes on the Liturgical Feast for Today Augustine Moi, Martyr of Vietnam, 1839  Augustine worked as a day laborer. When the persecution of the faith started, he was ordered to trample a crucifix, an act he refused. Augustine’s tormentors strangled him for his loyalty to Christ)

O Antiphon : O Radix Jesse – O Root of Jesse you  have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in Your presence; the nations bow down in worship before You. Come; let nothing keep You from coming to our aid.

Biblical Meditation :  In today’s OT lesson God establishes Zerubbabel as leader in temple reconstruction and promises he will succeed  with words inn v 6 that many find most hopeful to their own circumstances:

“Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts”.

We are reminded in this 5th vision in the writing of the prophet anything God calls his people to do will require empowerment by his Spirit. This was true of ancient Israel; it is true of us. To be redeemed is grace ; but what follows is service–and we cannot do that by our natural strength, even though when we try there are some things that seem to work, but they do not accomplish all that God wants us to do, The good news is that God the Redeemer has given His Spirit to enable us to do the work he has called us to.  No doubt Augustine Moi who martyrdom is commemorated today understood that well.

PRAYER: O Root of Jesse, and flower that blossomed from his stem, O Christ, Thou hast sprung from the Virgin.  From the Mountain overshadowed by the forest Thou hast come, made flesh from her that knew not wedlock, O God who art not formed from matter.  Glory to Thy power, O Lord.  AMEN.

Spiritual Discipline /Activity: Put out a Jesse Tree in your home or office a small tree made of evergreen branches. On these are placed symbolic ornaments with each representing  a prophecy foretelling of Christ.  With your families or small groups you can also create ornaments that represent the monogram symbols of Christianity.

Ancient Words/Present Grace: Faithfulness in little things is a big thing. — St. John Chrysostom

 

 

 

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