“I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.”

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

Isaiah 22:22 and Isaiah 42:7
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O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

One of the most famous passages from the Prophet Isaiah echoes through Churches and concert hall at this time of year, Isaiah 9:1-7 which describes the characteristics of the Messiah. If you don’t think you know if click on this youtube video, I bet you’ll be humming it all day!

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The title the Key of David is intricately linked to that of Radix Jesse, the emphasis here is on the one who brings freedom and release. In three comings of Christ thinking Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection opened the door to salvation that no one can shut. Because of this at the end of time we are invited by that “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace” into that kingdom where ” there shall be endless peace” (See Isaiah 9.6-7). As for the third coming in the here and now? Time after time I come back to Teresa of Avila and her prayer:

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes
through which Christ’s compassion is to look out to the earth,
yours are the feet
by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.

Teresa of Avila

This is not about doing good deeds are being pious. It is not even a bout not doing certain things. This is about acknowledging that we are instruments for Christ’s Loving action in his world. It’s about embracing the idea that we are agents of that Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace”. The presence of Christ in the here and now is… us.

Now there’s and Advent challenge!