Advent: A season of waiting and expectation

Advent is the season of waiting and expectation. Despite our busyness and anxieties, we spend quite a bit of time waiting: at the office of the doctor and the dentist, at the barber’s, and the beauty shop, at the hospital and in checkout lines. Advent is the season of expectation and the rekindling of hope…even in the most desperate of situations.  We reflect on our Christian waiting – we’re asked to examine ourselves on how well we wait for God.

We are reminded of a frequent reference during Advent that “a shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (Isaiah 11:11). Jesse was the father of King David to whom was promised an everlasting kingdom. Yet his dynasty was faithless and it seemed to peter out. The kingship was like a tree cut down, almost eradicated, yet still alive, a stump,but with unquenchable power in its roots, its vitality pulsating and trying to live, finally producing a small but deeply significant sign of life, a stem, from which blossoms forth a flower. This flower, continuous with the line of David, will be the Messiah.

And yet, we once again prepare during Advent to celebrate liturgically, spiritually, and in pageant, the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in the birth of Jesus. As the angel said to Mary, “The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.” All in the fullness of time.
-Msgr. Joseph Ranieri

Advent is the season of waiting and expectation. Despite our busyness and anxieties, we spend quite a bit of time waiting: at the office of the doctor and the dentist, at the barber’s, and the beauty shop, at the hospital and in checkout lines. Advent is the season of expectation and the rekindling of hope…even in the most desperate of situations.  We reflect on our Christian waiting – we’re asked to examine ourselves on how well we wait for God.

We are reminded of a frequent reference during Advent that “a shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (Isaiah 11:11). Jesse was the father of King David to whom was promised an everlasting kingdom. Yet his dynasty was faithless and it seemed to peter out. The kingship was like a tree cut down, almost eradicated, yet still alive, a stump,but with unquenchable power in its roots, its vitality pulsating and trying to live, finally producing a small but deeply significant sign of life, a stem, from which blossoms forth a flower. This flower, continuous with the line of David, will be the Messiah.

And yet, we once again prepare during Advent to celebrate liturgically, spiritually, and in pageant, the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in the birth of Jesus. As the angel said to Mary, “The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.” All in the fullness of time.
-Msgr. Joseph Ranieri