The Holiness of God: O Adonai

Today’s O antiphon is

O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammæ rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.
O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush, and gave him the Law on Sinai, come to redeem us with outstretched arm!

Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush makes one tremble. God’s holiness flaming out from an insignificant shrub is a thought to strike awe; but the thought of not seeing it, of mistaking his presence, is more terrible still. I suspect many of us would admit that there have been times in our lives when God was there but we didn’t register his presence. We were too caught up in other things. We ignored the hand he stretched out to us.

If we do nothing else this Advent, let us open our hearts to embrace the salvation offered us, seizing the moment and not putting off to a tomorrow that never comes the conversion of heart the Lord desires.

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3 thoughts on “The Holiness of God: O Adonai”

  1. Thank you for the translation of the Latin. I love to sit and puzzle through the words and somehow it makes me think about their meaning more carefully: Not only is he Lord and Ruler over the House of Israel but he is also Lord and Ruler of the House of Grier, redeemed by his outstretched arm. … Brachio extento. Glory to God !

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