Saturday 26 December 2015

Waiting

Preparing the homily for Christmas, the other day, I became aware of the difference between waiting and waiting. Waiting before an immigration counter or a ticket counter can be annoying, or shot through with anxiety, the anxiety of missing a flight, or simply boring. Waiting for person, expecting a person, longing for a person - that is a very different kind of waiting and yearning and longing. And waiting for the Messiah is that kind of waiting. A waiting shot through with longing and yearning, a waiting that is sweet and painful at the same time.

And I am thinking: the waiting of a senior person, like the many seniors in our community, is also to be considered. How do they wait? With what kind of feeling? - And surely we have to learn to pray, to wait with anxious desire, with longing even, for do we not believe that we go to the final encounter, the foretaste of which we believe we have often and even every day? 

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