O King of the Nations, and their Desire, the Corner-stone, who makest both one:
come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay.
Divine Worship: The Missal
‘In the universal struggle against evil which is common to all who espouse progress, and particularly progress in world peace, [the] emphasis on human dignity is what unites every effort for good. Here the desire of the nations converges on the aim of the Kingdom. But because the nations rely on earthly means for achieving what they desire, and because the citizens of the Kingdom on earth are still vulnerable to sin, respect for the human person is not always recognised as the cornerstone of positive growth.
…Only sacrifice can bring about what the Kingdom promises. Only the incarnation of Christ can persuade that such sacrifice is worthwhile. In his birth as man, by his death for others, Jesus reveals the hidden glory of human nature in each person – no matter how depraved – and the worthiness of each person in God’s eyes of love. This is why every other ideology, even humanism, falls short of what is needed… Until [Christ] returns, while the Advent of time continues, the Church will not cease to pray for that Kingdom to come in which all the desires of the human heart will be satisfied and men of clay will live in peace’.
from Seven Bells to Bethlehem: The O Antiphons by Fr Oliver Treanor
Fr Lee Kenyon