Advent: O Emmanuel

December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God) “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14 God is with us. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and many of us will...

Advent: O Rex Gentium

December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations) He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation,    neither...

O Oriens

Thursday December O Oriens (O Dayspring) The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:2 What does it mean to walk in darkness? Do those who struggle to pay bills or live...

Advent: O Clavis

Wednesday December 20 O Clavis David (O Key of David) I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open. Isaiah 22:22 Jesus having ultimate and indisputable power is something which...

Advent: Deep Roots

Tuesday December 19 O Radix (O Root) A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. Isaiah 11:1 As a child I always liked the word “Radix” – although I doubt I had any clue what it meant. It reminded me of those first days of...

Advent: O Adonai

Monday 18th December O Adonai (O Lord) But with righteousness he shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth. Isaiah 11:4a There was a great cartoon which I saw not so long ago which had three men trying to look over a wall. They were...