O RADIX JESSE — Teresa de Jesús | Teresa of Avila

ANTIPHONUM

O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem Gentes deprecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.

Oh renuevo del tronco de Jesé, que te alzas como un signo para los pueblos, ante quien los reyes enmudecen y cuyo auxilio imploran las naciones, ven a librarnos, no tardes más.

O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.

LECTIO

¡Oh Rey de gloria y Señor de todos los reyes! ¡Cómo no es vuestro reino armado de palillos, pues no tiene fin! ¡Cómo no son menester terceros para Vos! Con mirar vuestra persona, se ve luego que es sólo el que merecéis que os llamen Señor, según la majestad mostráis. No es menester gente de acompañamiento ni de guarda para que conozcan que sois Rey. Porque acá un rey solo mal se conocerá por sí. Aunque él más quiera ser conocido por rey, no le creerán, que no tiene más que los otros; es menester que se vea por qué lo creer, y así es razón tenga estas autoridades postizas, porque si no las tuviese no le tendrían en nada. Porque no sale de sí el parecer poderoso. De otros le ha de venir la autoridad.

¡Oh Señor mío, oh Rey mío! ¡Quién supiera ahora representar la majestad que tenéis! Es imposible dejar de ver que sois gran Emperador en Vos mismo, que espanta mirar esta majestad; mas más espanta, Señor mío, mirar con ella vuestra humildad y el amor que mostráis a una como yo. En todo se puede tratar y hablar con Vos como quisiéramos, perdido el primer espanto y temor de ver vuestra majestad, con quedar mayor para no ofenderos; mas no por miedo del castigo, Señor mío, porque éste no se tiene en nada en comparación de no perderos a Vos.

Libro de la Vida: Capítulo 37,6

O King of Glory and Lord of all kings! How true that Your kingdom is not armed with trifles, since it has no end! How true that there is no need for intermediaries with You! Upon beholding Your person one sees immediately that You alone, on account of the majesty You reveal, merit to be called Lord. There’s no need for people in waiting or for guards in order that one know that You are King. Here on earth, if a king were all by himself, he would fail to be recognized. However much he would want to be recognized as king, he wouldn’t be believed; he would have no more to show than anyone else. It’s necessary that one see the reason for believing he is a king, and that is the purpose of these artificial displays. If he didn’t have them, no one would esteem him at all; the appearance of power doesn’t come from him. It is from others that his display of grandeur must come.

O my Lord! O my King! Who now would know how to represent Your majesty! It’s impossible not to see that You in Yourself are a great Emperor, for to behold Your majesty is startling; and the more one beholds along with this majesty, Lord, Your humility and the love You show to someone like myself the more startling it becomes. Nevertheless, we can converse and speak with You as we like, once the first fright and fear in beholding Your majesty passes; although the fear of offending You becomes greater. But the fear is not one of punishment, for this punishment is considered nothing in comparison with losing You.

The Book of Her Life: Chapter 37.6

Teresa of Avila, St. 1985, The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K; Rodriguez, O, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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