O Root of Jesse, Who standest as a sign of the people, towards Whom the kings hold their tongues, Whom the Gentiles shall implore : Come for to deliver us, now do not delay!
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews ii.17)The Tree of Life branches spans the entirety of human history. Its roots lie firm in the earth of Israel, in the lineage of David, the priesthood of the Levites, in the testament of the Hebrews. At the birth of Christ, it breaks free from the soil and bursts into bloom in the world. The grace of God is dispensed to all humanity in the sap of this tree, from root to tip. As time unfolds so do the leaves of this tree to give life to all mankind from the Creator.
Our Lord Jesus at His birth is come to perfect the priesthood that it may grow, and through the ordination of sinful and fallible men, may give to all people the nourishment and comfort that they need to live life. This is the grain of mustard seed which accommodates and gives homes to all who seek shelter and rest. For the Christ-Child, shelter and rest comes from a cold, hard rocky cave serving as a stable. Yet it is upon rock that He will build His Church,