Friday, December 19
Advent weekday: O Root of Jesse (O Radix Jesse)
Stories are a staircase
Every generation has its stories, and these stories take us up to newly inspired heights, or below to never-before-imagined depths. Our sacred story brims with surprising births from women too old, inexperienced, barren, or unlikely to conceive. Yet the babies keep coming, because the God of Life wills it and the mothers say yes. In these stories, younger sons upstage older ones, losers win, and a shepherd boy becomes a king. We pray today: O Root of Jesse, find within our present-day stories the seed of amazing new life.
Today’s readings: Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a; Luke 1:5-25 (195). “Although you are barren, having borne no children, you shall conceive and bear a son.”