I heard there was a sacred chord, that David played and it pleased the Lord.
Those are lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s magnificent song, Hallelujah. What grabs me is the fact that David’s song was pleasing to the Lord. Was it his harp playing, his voice OR was this an analogy for his life, his life’s music?
The second week of Advent starts us off with Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesse from the Old Testament, saying “from the stump of Jesse … a bud shall blossom”. This is the future Great King David who rose from such an unlikely start, as the youngest son of Jesse, surpassing the ranks of seven older brothers, mis-treated as an outcast among his family and sent to the wilds so young to shepherd his flock only to be anointed by Samuel. David eventually enters the kingdom of Saul as his harpist skilled in soothing the soul.
Mid week we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary and the gospel recounts the Angel Gabriel’s visit “to a virgin, betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David…” her name was Mary. We find out how deeply pleased the Lord is with her, her life’s work.
There is a thread here that I am trying to get at. Perhaps we can even call it a chord. The two stories are intertwined just as the roots of God’s Kingdom intertwine the rose bush with the Old tree. Lo and behold, the closing song at today’s mass #91 may explain it best:
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, As those of old have sung.
It came of winter, when half spent was the night.
Isaiah ‘twas foretold it, this Rose I have in mind,
With Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, She bore to
Us a Savior, when half spent was the night.
O Flow’r, whose fragrance tender With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel in glorious splendor the darkness ev’rywhere;
True man, yet very God, from sin and
Death now save us, And share our ev’ry load.
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