Comments: O Radix Jesse

I love this Tom, so true, and so beautifully drawn out of the image.

Posted by Rosemary Hannah at Saturday, 19 December 2009 at 9:27am GMT

Thank you, Tom Ambrose, for this eloquent and insightful take on the Radix Jesse theme. As you so rightly suggest, the glory of Britain is not in being any longer a leader of the nations; rather it is in rejoicing in the fact of her being what she has become - a host for others of the nations who are homeless and poor.

The Church has still to learn this lesson, too - that she can only exist as an advocate and practitioner of the will and mercy of God - the Handmaid of the Lord, as today's Gospel so clearly and beautifully puts these words into the mouth of the God-Bearer, Christ's Mother.

The Church of England must no longer seek to be the messianic leader of the Anglican Communion, but a humble and faithful proponent of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - who gave his own life as a ransom for all. Until all of the Provinces of our beloved Communion are firmly set on the path of Gospel deliverance - from all that militates against the Image and Likeness of God in every single human being; they are likely to become, like the powers-that-be, citadels of injustice, and fallen from the grace they were brought into being to serve - and to share.

God has, as Magnificat so wonderfully tells us:
"Put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the humble and meek". God's Kingdom Come; God's will be done - on earth as in heaven. Amen.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 20 December 2009 at 4:46am GMT
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