Today we look at a somewhat obscure text. It speaks of a shoot springing from the stock of Jesse who will become a messianic figure in the sight of the people. The Church looks to this as a prophecy pointing to Jesus and so we apply the attributes of the ?shoot from the ?stock of Jesse? to Jesus. We also pray that we will take on these attributes in our own lives and thus follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the Messiah.
1 But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. 2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, 3 and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, 4 but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land?s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. 5 Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. 6 Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. 7 The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. 8 The baby shall play by the cobra?s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder?s lair. 9 There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. 10 On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.
P S A L M
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
R: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
1 O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king?s son; 2 he shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. (R) 7 Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. 8 May he rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. (R) 12 He shall rescue the poor man when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him. 13 He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; the lives of the poor he shall save. (R) 17 May his name be blessed forever; as long as the sun shines, His name shall remain. In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed; all the nations shall proclaim his happiness. (R)
G O S P E L
It will be those who are humble and willing to accept all that Jesus offers them who will be the first into the Kingdom of God. The arrogant and proud, the self sufficient and powerful, will more often than not resist the call to repent and humble themselves. They think they have the resources to get there on their own. This could be a fatal mistake that leaves them outside the Kingdom of God. Let us do our best not to be included with them!
21 At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ?I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.? 23 Turning to the disciples in private he said, ?Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.?
think: It will be those who are humble and willing to accept all that Jesus offers them who will be the first into the Kingdom of God.
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