Today is the penultimate day of the O Antiphons, and the turn of Rex Gentium, King of the Nations. As the days have progressed, the Antiphons have been moving through salvation history. We have seen how the coming of Christ is rooted in Hebrew scripture and tradition, but is good news for all people in all times.
Today is the most explicit of the Antiphons: Christ is for everybody. Following the prophet Haggai, we proclaim Christ as the Desire of Nations. He is able to break down the barriers between people of different ethnicities and backgrounds, and make us one.
O King of the nations,
and their desire,
Cornerstone who makes both one:
Come, and save humanity,
whom you formed from clay.