Advent Antiphons: December 17th

Behold, the Desired of all the nations will come, and the house of the Lord will be filled with glory.     Cf. Haggai 2:7

When the temple was rebuilt after the Babylonian Exile, it was a heartfelt cry of longing and invitation that summoned the Lord to return to dwell once more in His house.  For centuries, God had filled dwellings with His glory, from the holy ground on mountain tops with burning bushes, to the Meeting Tent, to the Temple of Solomon.  All of those houses proved to be temporary dwellings as He prepared His people, His “house,” for grander and grander dwellings.

Until one day, in a move only the prophets dimly grasped, God’s glory would fill the dwelling place of Our Lady, and through her He would construct a body for Himself, to be born, sacrificed, and raised again. All so that His house, the Church, filled with His glory, could grow to the ends of the earth and fill the whole world.

Advent is construction season for the master builder of houses.  It is us He wants to fashion into the dwelling place of His glory.

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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