Sunday, December 18, 2016

O Lord and Ruler . . .

18 December

O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.. 

O Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
come, and redeem us with outstretched arms

Photo:  Sunrise in Port Lincoln, South Australia July 2011.  Taken from the front porch of the rectory at St. Mary of the Angels.  I was going over to unlock the church.  Opened the rectory door, stepped on the porch, spun around and bolted to my room for the camera.  Except for having cropped a bit off the sides and straightened the horizon the photo is untouched or post-processed. 

Meditation:  As Moses saw the Lord in the burning bush we can see Him in the flaming skies of sunrise and sunset.  We can see Him in all that occurs between those boundaries between day and night, night and day. We hear in the third Eucharistic Prayer at Mass the words, "You never cease to gather a people to yourself so that from the rising of the sun to its setting a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name." Where, how, or in whom did I see the Lord today?  How did I respond?

Lagniappe: Tell Out My Soul (Mary's Magnificat)

Longing for Christ (c. 10th century)

Come, true light.
Come, life eternal.
Come, hidden mystery.
Come, treasure without name.
Come, reality beyond all words.
Come, person beyond all understanding.
Come, rejoicing without end.
Come, light that knows no evening.
Come, raising up of the fallen.
Come, resurrection of the dead.

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