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Saturday, December 4, 2010

All beasts wild and tame praise the Lord

Thanks Robbie, for this musical treat.  I found that the animal choristers featured above  dovetailed nicely with the Gospel for this 2nd Sunday in Advent...enjoy. 

On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
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,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
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.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
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.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
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.
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.

1 comment:

  1. I agree! A most beautiful and fitting connection to today's reading. I once heard a priest iin his explanation of the effects of the original sin of Adam and Eve on the animals. He said that the peaceful kingdom in the Garden was turned upside down. Animals who were created to live together in peace, eating grass, grains and leaves, started to attack each other and eat their flesh. Much to our first parents' dismay and horror, nature became predatory. The Peaceable Kingdom will return as predicted in our first reading for the Second Sunday of Advent. And just as in the famous painting, the animals will lie down together with a little child. And they will sing to the glory oh God, their Creator. So be it !