Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

December 13, 2017 / By: John McFadden

Is 40:25-31/Mt 11:28-30

One of the hardest things in life can be waiting. Waiting to see how your friend responds to that text you sent. Waiting in line at the view on a Sunday when the lines are long to grab your brunch. Waiting for the grade to be posted on that paper or final you turned in to see how you did. The moments between when we begin wanting what we’re waiting for and its arrival can often seem like an eternity. With our world growing faster and faster, waiting is seen as a burden, undesirable, and something to be avoided. But the season of Advent is just that, one of waiting.

Why does the Church ask us to enter into this season of prayer and a kind of solemn waiting? Because when we wait, we remember the value of what we’re waiting for. Waiting instills in our hearts an eager anticipation for what is to come and allows us time to think about why what we await is important. So what are we waiting for that’s so important? We’re awaiting a knock on the door. One of the most beautiful things about our Savior that we heard about in today’s gospel is His meekness and his humility. Jesus is willing to become so tiny and vulnerable, a little baby, so that mankind can know God in such an intimate and special way. So what’s this knock we’re waiting for? It’s the knock of Joseph with Mary, nine months pregnant, looking for a place to stay. The Holy Family is wondering if they can stay at your inn tonight. Our God is so humble that He allows His mother and father to rely on you for Him to have a place to be born. The place our Lord most longs to dwell is within the manger of each of our hearts.

If each piece of hay in the manger of our hearts is one of our hopes, dreams, fears, insecurities, doubts, worries, excitements, attachments, passions, loves…. our Lord wants to nestled right in the middle, touching each and every piece of us. So treasure this time of waiting. It reminds us of how humble a God we have who comes only to be united to us in such a special way. Prepare your manger. He is coming...

John McFadden
Seminarian, Saint Paul Seminary