Advent: December 18
O Lord and Ruler
Thou art He "who didst appear to Moses in the burning bush."
"I have seen the affliction of My people in Egypt, and I have heard
their cry because of the rigor of them that are over the works. And
knowing their sorrow, I am come down to deliver them out of the hands of
the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land into a good and spacious
land, into a land that floweth with milk and honey" (Exod. 3:7 f.).
Thus spoke the Lord to Moses from the bush which burned but was not
consumed, which is a figure of God's condescension to assume the weakness
of human nature. The human nature of Christ is united to the burning
divine nature, and yet it is not consumed.
As Moses approached the burning bush, so we approach the divine Savior in
the form of a child in the crib, or in the form of the consecrated host,
and falling down we adore Him. "Put off the shoes from thy feet, for
the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. . . . I am who am"
(Exod. 3:5, 14).
O Adonai, almighty God! Mighty in the weakness of a child, and in the
helplessness of the Crucified! Thou, almighty God, mighty in the wonders
that Thou hast worked! Mighty in guiding, sustaining, and developing Thy
Church! "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt.
"Come with an outstretched arm to redeem us." This is the cry
of the Church for the second coming of Christ on the last day. The return
of the Savior brings us plentiful redemption. "Come, ye blessed of
My Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you" (Matt.
Excerpted from The Light of the World by Benedict Baur, O.S.B.