By Fr. Mario Majano, Mision San Adres
How often are we confronted with this request? It is actually all around us. From waiting for a download, to stream a movie or show, to the voice that signals when you press the button to cross the street, to the request on the other side of the phone while you are on hold. Please wait.
Generally, these requests to wait are either seen as inconveniences that delay us from accomplishing whatever is on our busy agenda, or they are ignored while we seek a way to fill that space. Our culture rarely interprets waiting as a good thing. From next day deliveries to instantaneously receiving answers to our questions through a quick online search, there is no time between our desire and fulfilling that want.
Yet this year has in some ways forced us to stop and wait. There is something out of our control, something we cannot fix, something to which we cannot just say “hurry up and get on with it.” It has been difficult. Anxiety, fear, rage, and division have overwhelmed us over the last few months. And as we close out this calendar year, the Church begins a new one, as it always does, with this wonderful season of Advent. It reminds us, especially in this most turbulent time, to “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7).
Waiting is good, especially waiting on the Lord. It builds up the virtue of hope, an expectation of what is to come, though we cannot yet see it. That hope reminds us we cannot do it all, we are not God. That humility reminds us we need a Savior to come and deliver us. That longing for the Savior allows us to Trust in Him and not in ourselves, which actually sets us free from the anxiety and stress caused by the necessity of “having it all together.”
The fact check of 2020, and really of our whole lives, is this: we do not have it all together, nor will we ever!
But that is OK. He does, and He is coming. Wait patiently and longingly on Him!
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint,” the prophet Isaiah tells us (40: 30-31).
Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself, you will at some point grow weary on your own. We need Christ. We need him to come, and soon! Learn to wait on Him and you will witness a renewal in strength which does not come from you. You will be lifted up, with a joyful expectation that Christ is coming soon. Lord Jesus, quickly come! We will gladly wait on you!