18 December 2012

Sr. Mary Berchmans, Second "O Antiphon"

O Adonai and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the flaming bush,
and gave him the law on Sinai,
COME and redeem us by your outstretched arm.

The symbol of the burning bush is a familiar one. It conveys two meanings: God reveals himself as a compassionate God who encourages Moses to free his people from the bonds of Egyptian slavery. Secondly, God will be with Moses, supporting him and his people as he leads them out of Egypt.

God's outstretched arm will always reach out to those in need of his redeeming love. Today we pray that Adonai, leader of the house of Israel, will bring peace to our world, especially to the people of Israel and Palestine.

May the God of gentle strength enter our hearts anew as we continue to prepare for his birth on Christmas Day. 

Sr. Mary Berchmans Hannan, V.H.M.

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