Friday, December 19, 2008

O Radix Jesse

Isaiah 11.1, 10

O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem Gentes deprecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.

O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

“Plants are the center and source of life,” Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomoew wrote. “Plants are the wisest of teachers, the best models. Their roots dig deep, while their reach is high.”

We, too, are rooted deeply into our humanity. We are who we are through our roots. Still, rooted as we are to our humanity and this earth beneath us, we also reach high. We also strain, in our rootedness, toward the Goal of our existence.

Jesus, rooted in humanity and still encompassing everything from above, nourishes us from both below and above. We, unworthy of it, find ourselves fulfilled by this life-giving Presence we longed for, but didn’t ask for; hoped in, but couldn’t find the words to speak with our own lips.

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