Rorate, caeli, desuper et nubes pluant justum! Drop down dew, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the just one. This is taken from the book of Isaiah the prophet and is one of the classic texts used by the Church to express her Advent prayer for the coming of the Savior. It is a beautiful concept and one which richly expresses the reality of the incarnation of our divine Lord. After the above words, we read: Let the earth open and salvation bud forth. Thus we see that the prophet uses the natural phenomena of dew and rain irrigating the earth and making it fruitful and fertile, and then the germination of useful crops because of the life-giving water.
In the incarnation, we find God our Father sending His divine and only-begotten Son into our world. That second Person of the Blessed Trinity is conceived as a human baby in the womb of Our Blessed Lady and thus given to the world. So God gives, and humanity, in the person of the Mother of God, receives. But she does not receive altogether passively, inertly. Quite the contrary: when a woman receives human seed, her body begins at once to clothe that seed with flesh and blood and make of it another human being. When Our Blessed Mother receives the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, she conceives virginally and begins to clothe in her immaculate womb the Word of God. This process applies to our spiritual lives, too. We receive Christ into our minds and hearts by faith, and then, if we welcome him properly, he give him our own persons—our minds, hearts, wills, bodies, lives in which he can again become incarnate and dwell within us. He becomes incarnate within us as he did in the womb of his holy mother. And so, when we pray with the Church, begging that the divine dew and rain fall upon the soil of our lives and make them fertile and fruitful, we are asking that God send his divine Son to us and make of each of us a living Advent, a living Christmas, a living Emmanuel—God with us. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.