O Antiphons – December 22

We continue our reflections on the O Antiphons with the Antiphon for this evening…

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O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:

come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

There is no one way to be Catholic.  Yes, of course, there are the precepts about going to Sunday Mass and on Holy Days, receiving confession twice a year, praying and tithing to your local parish community, acting out the Greatest Commandment in a radical way.

But in terms of how we connect with Jesus—that’s a completely different question.

Some are content with keeping fast to Catholic Radio and Mother Angelica.  Others are fascinated and find their spirituality rooted with the Dominican Rite.  Others are huge fans of Matt Maher.  Some with Theology of the Body.  And some—and dare I say most—are still trying to find their way.

Welcome to the Catholic Church.  Characters welcome.

The Carpenter of Nazareth is the King of all nations, the keystone of the entire church, not merely this or that part of it.  That He is the Lord of the Liberals and the Ruler of the Conservatives.  That Jesus Christ is the Prince of the Progressives and the Leader of the Orthodox.  That He is Lord and King of the entire Body of Christ—and not just the part of the Church that we would rather associate with.

The Body of Christ not united to a political construct, or a scientific theory, or a theological framework.  The Body of Christ is united to Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Mary, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. By His Blood we are redeemed, by His Flesh we are united.

Yes, we will have our disagreements.  But let us first remember what keeps us united—the Incarnation of God.

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