| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments


We don’t like waiting for anything — for traffic lights, for weight loss or even commercials that interrupt our favorite shows.

This contemporary abhorrence of waiting stands in stark contrast to Mary. Her graceful patience is something to consider, especially as Catholics begin the prayerful preparation of Advent.

Mary reminds us that waiting is part of our Catholic faith. Sometimes God’s plan isn’t visible. Sometimes it’s nothing like we imagined. Sometimes the only thing we know is that we don’t know.

Waiting in the midst of a culture that does not want us to wait

Advent Week 1:  What do we desire?

Advent Week 2:  Silent night: Listening in Advent

Advent Week 3:  Looking to Mary’s example during Advent

Advent Week 4:  In silence’s emptiness, an openness to receive

Waiting seems like a long-lost virtue in a world that’s increasingly in a hurry. But the Bible assures us that if we wait, great things will come our way.

And perhaps Advent is the perfect time to put that into practice. Take a page from James, who advised us to be like a farmer who reaps rewards from waiting. But what we, as Christians, wait for is more precious than food.

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You, too, must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand” (Jas 5:7-8).

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