Advent Antiphons: December 20th

Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.     Cf. Isaiah 45:8

The barren earth of sin and decay, the fruitless garden of Adam, can in fact bring forth good fruit.  Our barren souls, as children of Adam, can in fact bud forth with new growth and life.

Such growth of redemption requires the rain of grace, the soaking water of justice, and the healing power of mercy.  God can raise up a Savior from Adam’s fallen race, and He can raise up good works that have merit in His sight from our wayward souls.

To win us over, God wants to come in the gentlest form possible; subtle like the dew is subtle.  We must desire to receive Him, and His gentle and quiet coming, as a baby, will stir to openness the waiting earth of our hearts.

Advent Post Series, 2015

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About Father Nathan Reesman

Father Reesman is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He is the Shared Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, and also of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, both in West Bend, Wisconsin.
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