O Rex Gentium,
et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis,
qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

Biblica Ref. GER 10-7; AP  2,7- 15,28; EF 2-14; GEN 2-7

In this antiphon, Jesus is named “king” “waited by all the nations” and “cornerstone”; all these names are from the Bible. “Waited by all the nations” comes out from the prophet Aggeo’s text, where he announces the Messiah upcoming. Actually the Ebraic text says “something precious, desirable, is going to flood”. St Girolamus has connected the subject of the wish giving  a messianic meaning to the text. Joining the attribute “waited, wished” to the main one, “king” the antiphon acclaims the Lord Who is coming as king of all the people.
     This universalistic vision is confirmed by the following “cornerstone”, connected to the other names. In the letter to Ephesians, Christ Himself is the cornerstone (MT 21-42), and all the building is based on the apostols and the prophets. This building is the “home” of peace, because Jesus Himself is our peace; He joined two peoples in one, breaking the wall in between them, the enmity
 ( EF 2-14).
     In this very sense, Jdesus is the man who peacefully united Judeans and Pagans into a new community, the Church.
     The prayer of the antiphon draws towards the theme if the unity of all human being; following on from  the Genesis Book words about the man made by mud (GEN 2-7), it is remarked that all the men are equal, made by the same clay. We must not wonder why Jesus  is the Subject in the antiphon; Clement of Alexandria wrote indeed :” It looks me it had been He , Jesus Christ,  who created the man by clay, at first. Then He regenerated  him by the water and let him grow up with the Spirit”. In his turn he was seeing God’s hands creating the man through Jesus  and the Holy Spirit”. The man moulded by God , id est the  Son and the Holy Spirit, has been created in His own Image”. Anyway, the antiphon remarkes  the universality of the Salvation through Christ; as well as all the men have been created by God, Christ has preserved all the men and the Church is the Community able to recollect all the people.
     The name “king” summarizes the other two meanings: Jesus, while offering His life “to unite God’s sons missing (GV 11-52). He is the new God’s people Chief, humanity’s sign to all the human beings. The theme of the kingdom is in the entiere Evangile, as we can see in nthe Annunciation to Mary, when Gabriel, the Archangel, reveals to Her that Jesus will be  king and His Reign will be eternal. “ Here you are, you will give birth to him , and His name will be Jesus. He will be Great and named the Most High’s Son. God the Lord will give Him  David’s throne and He will reign forever on Jacob’s home and His Reign will never end” LC 1-31,33).
     The three wise men , i n their turn, walk towards Judeans King, born in Betlehem (MT 2,2).
      At the beginning of His government , Jesus Himself announces:” The time took place, God’s reign is near” (MC 1-15); and it’s the Lord to send the apostols for preaching the Gospel about God’s reign” MT 10-7). And again Jesus axplains to Pharisees: “ God’s reign is not to bee seen by everybody, and none will say: it is here, it is  there, as God’s reign is among you” (LC 17-20,21).
      In the parables about the reign, He explains the traits and contents, and replays to Pilate, during His Passion: “ My Reign doesn’t belong to this world” ( GV 18-36).
      We find the basic statement  in John’s Evangile, where Jesus, replying to Pilate, says:” I am King” (GV 18-37). This is the title on the Cross and Jesus was mocked during His Passion and His Death due to it. “ The Reign, that’s in Jesus Himself, will show all its glory when all the people will be close to Jesus. In that very day, He will judge according to the Charity Law, and will give the reign to His Father”  ( 1 COR 15- 20,26)
     Waiting for His coming, God’s reign is building Itself day by day, into the big site of history.

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