December 22


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.”

We know now that we are all related in our origins from that primal matter which fashioned our planet. Yet, we are not just creatures “fashioned from the dust”. Rather we are permeated with the Creative Spirit. We are united in God’s love and we find true joy in communion with others. The metaphor in this antiphon positions Christ as the central connection within the human family. Jesus is the keystone of the arch of humanity. In him we see God reflected perfectly in a human being. It is Jesus’ spirit and power that affirms the dignity of each person.


Come, Lord Jesus, teach me to respect the dignity of all creatures in the universe.


I will 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?

Suggested Reading

They call him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:5

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.
John 1:16-17

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.
Praying a New Story

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.