We do a lot of waiting at this time of year. We wait for relatives to
arrive, turkeys to be done, pumpkin pie to be served. We wait for
cookies to bake, school to get out, for Santa Claus, and we wait in
lines. We wait in lines at McDonald's, the grocery store, the gas
station, the post office. Some of us wait patiently. Some do not. Have
you ever watched people wait in lines? Small children don't wait. They
move. Constantly. They swing on the ropes that guide the lines, they
swing on the posts that hold the ropes, they dance, they sing, they
whine. Rarely do they wait quietly. Many adults don't wait quietly,
either. Some adults stand straight as an arrow, staring straight ahead,
hardly aware of their surroundings. Some people shift from one foot to
the other and back again – rather like a Mexican jumping bean. They sigh
and sift their packages from one arm to the other, and back again, and
sigh louder. Some people strike up conversations with perfect strangers
– not wanting to endure the waiting experience alone.
Depending on the day and your mood, you might be a starer, a jumper,
or a talker. Depending on the day, and your mood, you might wait
patiently, impatiently, or with anticipation. Advent is a time of
waiting. It is a time of waiting for the Messiah to come.
"But wait!" you say. "The Messiah has already come." Yes, the Messiah
has already come. But the Messiah will come again – that is what we are
waiting for. We live in a between time, a time when the Kingdom of God
has begun, but has not yet fully come. Saint Bernard says there are
three comings of Christ. The first, of course, was the coming of the
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