(as inspired from the homily of Fr. Huang, SJ, Dawn Mass 12-19-07 Xavier Univ. Chapel, CDO)
Advent is not just a season. Our whole lifetime is an advent, a period of waiting.
What are you waiting for at this time in your life? What is incomplete in your life?
The story of Elizabeth and Zecchariah in today’s reading is a story on waiting and patience. And they teach us 3 important lessons.
Patience reminds us that we are not in control of everything. It teaches us that no matter how much we hurry, no matter how much effort we exert to get things done or make things happen the quickest soonest possible we want, SOME THINGS JUST TAKE TIME. There is nothing else to do but wait.
Patience also teaches us to trust and to hope in God… that even if we don’t “see” things unfold, He is acting on our behalf. Elizabeth in her old age of seemingly impossible pregnancy uttered these same words and kept it alive in her heart.
And lastly, patience teaches us to wait with those who are waiting… in the spirit of solidarity… trusting that God is likewise acting on their behalf, and knowing that what they are waiting for may also take time.