O Adonai

December 18

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain:  come stretch our your mighty hand to set us free.


What is a lord? Through Scripture and history, we see lords as men who have power–landowners who have control over their servants and slaves. A lord is the one who makes the rules his people are to follow. He exercises control over his people as does a king.

On Mount Sinai, God showed Himself a Lord over the people of Israel when he appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the holy law, the ten Commandments. Moses was a leader over the people, but he made it clear that God was their Lord.

In this antiphon, we ask God to set us free as he set the Israelites free. They were imprisoned by their lords, the Egyptians. God sent Moses to lead them from their captivity, free from their false lords, and free to worship the true Lord. We ask God to “stretch out [His] mighty hand to set us free,” much as He stretched His hand over the ancient Israelites, even allowing them to walk through the sea without getting their feet wet.

God will come to us who love him as Wisdom and as Lord, who teaches us how to live by giving us the law and leading us to freedom.

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