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First Sunday of Advent- Advent Waiting

Posted: 27 Nov 2016

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

James 5:7-8

Desires are nourished by delays.

English Proverb

Advent is primarily about waiting. It is about waiting for the Lord to come. There is something special about this particular type of waiting. First of all, waiting is a spiritual attitude we cultivate deep within ourselves. We know the Lord is coming, and therefore we desire and hasten his arrival by a patient attitude of waiting for him. We wait and wait for the Lord. We become very conscious for the waiting. It is an eager waiting, full of anticipation and wonder, for as the prophet’s of old, our companions on the road, we long to see his face.

The lord, of course, is very much aware of this patient waiting, of this deep yearning for him, and he is ever ready to come into our lives and fulfill our deepest desires. Advent waiting is always twofold. On our part, we await prayerfully, consciously, and anticipate his coming. On God’s part, he is eager to arrive and find a warm dwelling place in our hearts. The greater our desire and patience in waiting for him, the fuller we shall be filled with his presence.

The early Christians, as the Apostle James reminds us, lived daily, steadily, waiting patiently for the Lord. Of course they thought this was going to be the Lord’s final triumphant coming and it was going to happen very soon, thus they wished to be ready for it. Perhaps at one point they were a bit disappointed that it didn’t occur according to their expectations. At the end, it didn’t matter, for their eager waiting for him was rewarded by the Lord entering into their lives more fully and transforming every inch of their beings. Furthermore, many of them were blessed with a physical vision of the Lord just before they underwent martyrdom. The Lord may not always act according to our expectations. After all, he tells us in the Scripture, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are my ways your ways.” Yet he never disappoints us.

If we learn to cultivate this innner attitude of waiting for him steadily, faithfully not only during the blessed Advent days, but throughout our whole lives, we shall likewise be rewarded woth the grace, joy, and warmth of his real presence in the innermost of our hearts. “Ecce, Salvator venit.”

Br. Victor-Antoine D’Avila-Latourette
“Monastry Journey to Christmas”
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