Today's O antiphon invoke Jesus under the tittle Root of Jesse. It takes us back to the First Book of Samuel and the choice of Jesse's youngest son David as king for Israel. In a world of immediacy it reminds us of the truly long view that is God's view. More than 9 centuries separate the choice of David and the birth of Jesus.
The fiscal cliff, the murders in Connecticut — we want answers NOW!
Perhaps this antiphon calls us today to remember the virtue of patience, and the concept of deliberation.