Advent Series: Waiting Patiently

‘Therefore, keep awake for you do not know when the master of the house will come’ – Mark 13:35

Today, we begin the season of Advent. The word “Advent” is from the Latin word Adventus, meaning ‘going before or coming‘. During this season, which includes four Sundays, we

  1. Prepare for Christmas, when we remember Christ’s first coming to us, and
  2. Direct our hearts and minds to await Christ’s second coming at the end of time.

To wait for someone or something isn’t easy at all. On a regular basis, we wait in queues, in traffic jams, for the food delivery guy, for our salary at the end of the month and much more.

In our spiritual journey, we wait on the Lord for direction, for healing, someone’s conversion etc. Waiting on the Lord can be extremely difficult and very testing. We tend to get impatient and frustrated when none of our prayers seem to be answered.

Yet, the Lord asks us to patiently wait for Him. He is not deaf to our pleas but rather is preparing us for something much greater then we can imagine. As the Psalmist writes:

‘I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry’ – Psalm 40:1

This Advent season, as we wait patiently for our Lord, let us reflect on the following:

  1. Do we get impatient and tired while waiting for the Lord’s promises in our life to be fulfilled?
  2. What can we do differently in our spiritual lives this Advent season?

Exercise
Text 2-3 friends whom you haven’t been in touch with for a long time and tell them that you’re thinking of them and will pray for them this Advent season. And make it a point to pray daily for them.

About Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa

Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa is currently a senior resident doctor in ENT at Goa Medical College. He hails from Porvorim and is an active member of Couples for Christ India, for over 15 years. Apart from writing for medical journals both national and international, his love and reverence for the teachings of the church inspired him to start writing about the catholic faith. His daily bible reflections offer great encouragement in the lives of many people, both young and old. He aspires to be a Saint and enjoys playing chess and table tennis in his free time.

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