O Adonai, et dux domus Israel,
qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.
This is today’s antiphon, one of the Great O antiphons that precede Christmas in the countdown to the birth of Our Lord. I will share a small observation, in the hope that it will comfort those who may read the thoughts of a merry Egotist. There is a great deal of trouble and evil in the world, both on the national scale and on the personal level as well. Times are harsh, children die, wars continue and cars break down.
O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel,
who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush,
who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain:
Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.
The translation I used to know said something like “stretch out your arm to save” and I thought of the embrace of a Father. While our Father does fold us in his arms, I think now that I missed something.
This isn’t an appeal to a passive God that waits for us to run to him and then pats us on our head and says “hush, now”. This is a battle cry. This is a terrified bugle call that summons one Stronger than we. This is the shout of the soldier for his Captain. Save me.
This is not a two armed comforting embrace. This is the Hero we call, and he never fails. He rides forth with his arm outstretched to fight the Enemy that seeks to destroy us.
The whole creation pleads.
Come, Lord Jesus.