June 24, 2017

Waiting in Joyful Hope: by Dan Jurek

I marvel at this time of year. Advent. Waiting in joyful hope. Waiting… Waiting… Waiting to be transformed. Waiting to overcome my fears. Waiting to break through the hesitation and embrace the fullness of Christ. Waiting to fulfill the dreams that lay in storage yearning to be found like a lost treasure. Waiting to love deeper. Waiting for something that has not yet … yet I know I will recognize it when it appears and makes itself known. 

God the Father did not wait. He anticipated the coming of His Son from the beginning.  He formed into clay – human. Man and Woman in His image and likeness. He set His plan into motion from the beginning. The first parents, Adam and Eve prepared the way for the foreseen incarnation of Christ.

Tertullian writes: “Think of God as totally occupied with and given over to this – with hand, perception, labor, counsel, wisdom, providence and, above all, with love itself, which produced its features. For although it was clay that was being molded, it was Christ who was in mind as the one who was to become man, because the Word was to be both clay and flesh, just as the earth was at that time.”

So the Father created man and woman – and He waited, for the fulfillment of time. Then the angel declared unto Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit, and the Father waited for the birth of His Son.

And so I wait. I wait for the Lord to come during this liturgical season of Advent. I wait for the Feast of Christmas when He was born of the Virgin and took the form of flesh. I wait for His coming again in Glory. Whether it’s when He calls me to himself in death or when He comes again in Glory to Judge at the end of time, I wait with joyful hope.

During these days of Advent, I prepare and wait for His coming into my life on a deeper level. Through my own on-going conversion from death to life – repenting of my sin and failings. I remind myself of the dreams and desires He has planted in my heart; the ones that I have allowed to become cold and distant. I lean into the fire of His Holy Spirit and pray for the warmth that comes from the love of the Incarnate Word – Jesus.

And so I wait, with the Church universal. I wait for His coming at Christmas. I wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. “For the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory are Yours, Almighty Father, now and forever!”

Come Lord Jesus!

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