Sunday, 21 December 2008

Advent IV (i)

O Rising Sun, you are the splendour of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

As we approach the day of Incarnation the theme of the O antiphons grows deeper. In Old Testament imagery (See Psalm 18 [19]) the sun is the symbol of justice. Jesus is the fount of justice, the Oriens, the rising sun and the day spring. The first lines are the words of the lover to Jesus the Beloved. They come out from the depths of the heart of the Church intoxicated by this deep love that knows no end. Jesus is the fount of that day made by eternal light. Light and darkness demarcate day and night, with Jesus we are out of time space and live in the eternal day. In this eternal day everything and everyone is illuminated by the Divine justice of Jesus the restorer of fallen creation. It is only in this redemption that perfect justice can be experienced by all.
As we contemplate the coming of Justice, were our dues with God are settled and our relationships are made whole, we ask Jesus to bring light to those who have excluded themselves from his light and so do not know what they are missing out. This prayer is also one of mission as we ask that others experience the relationship we have with the sun of Justice and through him with each other.

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