Advent Antiphons: December 13th

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.  Indeed, the Lord is near.   Philippians 4: 4-5

It is not a suggestion from Saint Paul.  It is a command:  rejoice!  Always! But, it is a commandment that is easily followed, indeed naturally so, the more we come to realize the truth that the Lord is near.

Fearful people live in isolation, even when surrounded by others.  Joy, rejoicing, arises from the bonds of communion with the Lord and with others.  It arises from the unshakable conviction that we are loved.  God is only far to those who choose to live in isolation.  To such people, joy is elusive.   To the believer, there is no earthly power or reality that can rob us of the cause of our joy.  The believer believes that God is always near.

Advent Post Series, 2015


About Father Nathan Reesman

On Twitter: @FatherReesman Father Nathan Reesman is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, ordained in 2006. He is the Shared Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, and also of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, both in West Bend, Wisconsin. Father Reesman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in the year 2000. He completed his seminary studies at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2006, obtaining a Masters of Divinity. Father Reesman completed post-graduate studies at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, obtaining a Doctor of Ministry in 2019.
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