December 20


 “O Key of David, O Royal power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of Heaven: Come break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; lead your captive people into freedom.”


Some doors need to be opened with a key.  The one who has the keys has authority to open the doors. In these times of key cards and remote controls, this image may not seem as powerful as it once was. Yet the meaning is the same. The antiphon is about freedom; it is about setting people free by breaking the chains that bind them and opening the door to a new life. The prayers of Advent see Jesus as that key. He is the one who calls us to open ourselves honestly and walk through the new door of a transformed view of life. He is the one who reminds us that once the lock is changed, the old key will no longer work. We have been set free from our old beliefs to live in freedom of heart and mind in the One who loves us. Yet, only we can choose to walk through the opened door.


May the truth set us free.


Are my heart and hands ready to open the unlocked door? What concrete action will it mean for me?

Suggested Reading

I will place the Key of the House of David on his shoulder.
Isaiah 22:22.

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
W. Clement Stone

Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.
Arthur Rimbaud

We receive God’s peace when we ask for it. We keep God’s peace by extending it to others. Those are the keys and there are no others.
Marianne Williamson

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

To hide the key to your heart is to risk forgetting where you placed it.
Timothy Childers

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

God enters by a private door into every individual.
Ralph Waldo Emerson