Sunday 2 December 2007

Rorate Caeli

Rain pours from one of the gargoyles on the Cathedral tower this morning. It's vaguely appropriate: one of the most significant Advent chants begins with the words 'Rorate caeli desuper' - 'Drop down, O heavens, from above'. This Advent, the heavens appear to be listening.

The house and Cathedral look absolutely drenched! The words of the Rorate Caeli remind us of God's messsage given through the prophet Isaiah, a key figure of Advent: "As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes forth from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do" (Isaiah 55:10-11). The Word that comes forth - the Word we await in Advent - is Jesus Christ.