O Root of Jesse, you stand as a signal for the nations; kings fall silent before you whom the people's acclaim. O come to deliver us and do not delay
I always feel deeply about the terror that is Bethlehem at Christmas time.
Today reminds us that Christmas is as much about ancient politics as anything else. Jesse (the father of David) was a man of a clan of Bethlehem.
What ever God is doing in Christ goes not only to the heart of personal struggle, but also to political reconciliation. He is a victim and creature of politics, like all humanity. Today's prayer is thus that we may all address the root (radix) of the woes that beset us. It is the desire to be radical, to go to the root. To make a difference.