The point: we worship a God who waits, so we should be people who wait.
1) God waits and does not come as Jesus Christ. He waits for thousands of years of the Old Testament, through awful leaders, horrible sins, giant failures of His people, horrible persecutions and famines, God waited. Of course it is not an inactive waiting, God was very much at work in both holding everything in existence allowing everything to exist, active through an infinite number of interventions, most that we won’t know about until the end of time…but God did not yet come as Jesus Christ until, as the Bible puts it, the world arrived at the fullness of time.
2) God also waits in that He has not come back to wrap the world up yet. Through horrible persecutions, great sufferings, awful wars, horrible sins etc. the curtain still remains up on the world…the world continues and God waits for the fullness of time. Of course God doesn’t sit on the sidelines, it is not an inactive waiting, God was very much at work in both holding everything in existence allowing everything to exist, active through an infinite number of interventions, most that we won’t know about until the end of time, but God has not returned.
We worship a God who waits, so we should be people who wait
Waiting seems terrible. No one else makes us wait – everyone responds instantly – Kroger usually opens a new checkout line if the person in front of you has too many groceries, Amazon will deliver your package today…But God waits, and in this season of Advent in a special way, the Church asks you and I to wait.
A couple of things about this waiting:
1) Is it an inactive waiting? No!!! Jesus says in the Gospel today “Stay awake”…the readings urge us to vigilance…and that is the type of waiting we are called to…the type of waiting that God does – a vigilance and an alertness to every single thing that is happening, action and intervention when needed, and so the same for you and I. We wait, but we are alert, and we are still acting.
2) This “waiting” to me is best lived in prayer. When we pray, it is the waiting of God
a. It is not the waiting to get in to see a doctor
b. Our contemplative prayer in Advent (and always) is a sitting WITH the doctor…the waiting with Him in prayer is what heals us and refines us
We worship a God who actively, alertly, lovingly and vigilantly waits. This Advent, let us be people who also actively, alertly, lovingly and vigilantly wait as well!