Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
Advent is a time of anticipation. One of the meanings of anticipation refers to an action that takes into account a later action or event. For example, when planning a party one might decide to have some extra food in anticipation of a larger crowd than one expected to attend. In this sense, anticipation calls for preparation.
We might think that in anticipation to God's full revelation, preparation is our responsibility and that somehow we should determine and decide how that preparation should be or go. Nevertheless, according to the Scriptures, it seems that God himself prepares his people. We hear of this preparation when God sent his prophet to offer comfort and to speak tenderly to the hearts of the Israelites. This is an attempt from God to convince his people that he is concerned about them. Also, through the prophet, God proclaims the completion of the process of purification process of sorrow for the people of Israel. In this way God reveals himself as comforting and purifying his people in the midst of suffering and sorrow.
In a similar way, in the second letter of Peter we hear that "The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard 'delay,' but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." It is clear then that when God delays his revelation it is because He patiently waits for our repentance and conversion since He wants the salvation of all. As God patiently waits for us to repent, we are called to patiently wait for Him.
As we enter into the Second week of Advent, let us ponder the ways that the Lord is preparing us for his coming. Is the Lord comforting me at this time? Am I going through moments of purification and sorrow? Is there any person or circumstance that requires me to be patient? How are these moments preparing me to encounter the Lord when the time comes?
-fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.