Sunday, November 29, 2009

Active waiting

As this new liturgical year unfolds, today’s readings are most appropriate, for they root us in what it means to live authentically as Christians.

The Gospel, with its frightening predictions of the end times, invites the hearer to “be vigilant at all times” (Luke 21:36). This kind of vigilance is not at all passive for the Christian. Instead, it is a kind of active waiting. And what should we be doing while we are waiting for the coming of the Lord?

The second reading gives us the answer: “abound in love for one another and for all” (1 Thessalonians 3:12). Today is all about promises made and fulfilled.

May this Advent season root us all firmly in a stance of active waiting for the Lord, who brings justice and peace.

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