O Ruler of all nations, the only joy of every human heart;
O Keystone of the mighty arch of man,
come save the creature you fashioned from the dust.
The metaphor in this antiphon positions Jesus as the keystone of the arch of humanity. We know now that we are all related in our origins from that primal matter which fashioned our planet. Yet, we are also permeated with the Creative Spirit. We are united in God’s love and our true joy is in communion with others. In Jesus’ spirit and power the dignity of each person is affirmed. In him, we see the sustaining Spirit of God present clearly in a human being.
Come, teach me to respect the dignity of all creatures in the universe.
Meditate on the impact of the life of the fully human Jesus, on the meaning of being fully human. What should our lives be like if we live in the knowledge of God’s presence in all creation?
They call him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
From his fullness, we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
In the call to freedom we discover the true meaning of the inculturation of the Gospel … being able to announce the Good News of Christ the Savior while respecting the good and the true that exist in cultures.
Jesus, more like us than we ever really imagined, reveals to us the wonder of who we are as bearers of the Spirit of God.
Value life in whatever house it dwells. For when it comes time that we are all stripped to bare bones before the divine and facing eternity, we will understand that the only law we were meant to follow, was to love ourselves and each other. Nothing more…nothing less.
Carla Jo Masterson
This is what our love is––a sacred pattern of unbroken unity sewn flawlessly invisible inside all other images, thoughts, smells, and sounds.
See God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God.
Meister Eckhart O.P.