Reflecting on 21 Centuries of Faith

Close the Path to Misery: O Clavis David

Key_DavidMy sister Iwalani and I were studying for our high school finals when we heard a click come from her desk. My dad had repurposed an old metal army desk that was been thrown away. It had a great lock which my sister and I often stuck a paperclip in and tried to pick. Without even trying, Iwalani accidently locked it. With all her books in it. And no key. It took us over an hour to pick the lock and get it open – all the while our dad laughed and reminded us that he told us this would happen.

There was another lock that humanity to no success had worked to open for thousands of years. Locked through Original Sin, the gates of heaven were sealed with no apparent key to open it and give us access again to the very heart of the God the Father.

The hearts of mankind cried out for a way to enter the very house and heart of God (Psalm 84:10). The song, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel sums up our heart cry:

O come, thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery.

And yet, we have come to know that it is our hearts that have been locked in sin, imprisoned in darkness and yearning for our Morning Star. This evening the Church celebrates the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy through the O Antiphon, O Clavis David:

O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: come, and lead forth the captive who sits in the shadows from his prison.

We have heard that eternal Wisdom stepped out of eternity into time, the Mighty God has come to save, the Root of Jesse shall bloom forth a Messiah and tonight, He shall open the gates to the house of the Living God.

O Key of David, open the gates of my heart to Your radiant majesty that I may enter the gates of heaven and gain access to the very heart of God.

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