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O Antiphons – O Radix Jesse

l_antiphons3O Radix Jesse
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.

About four years ago I read a book about liturgy and worship, I believe that it was by Nathan Mitchell. I can’t find the book right now, so that’s as accurate as I can get at the moment.

Mitchell was talking about the communal nature of liturgy and of how networks arise. Trust me – it made sense in the book, which I hope to get my hands on and quote more directly. He wrote about the roots of rhizomes, which unlike tree roots, that go deep, reach out to connect to one another. While I have thought of this many times over the years, I never thought of it in relationship to this O Antiphon until today.

The idea makes sense to me, as someone who considers social media their ministry. The Root of Jesse, which runs deep, runs crosswise as well – reaching out and connecting. Christ in each one of us draws us to one another.

Such roots are not easily discouraged either. If you don’t believe me, think about how crabgrass can take over a lawn. The rhizome roots reach out underground and interconnect tightly. You can pull them, but they continue to seek each other out and reconnect.

What an image for us to pray with as we await the birth of Christ!

I can’t help but point you to another post about roots. Deacon James Knipper writes about how we put down our own roots in Christ, click here.


One Response

  1. Your post today brings back to my mind the Newtown tragedy. I do feel we all are interconnected roots. I feel connected to the murdered children and teachers, the grieving parents and family, and the young murderer, the rescuers on the scene, the voyeurist media, the frightened public, the lame politicians, the lobbyists… We are all in this together, along with people killed by drones or blown off as they walk on a land mines. We are both victims and persecutors, children of Godde, lost and found.
    Yes, your post echoes in me and I thank you for it.

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