And the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He replied, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
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In these first two weeks of Advent, you may have heard many people speak about waiting. Advent is a season of waiting. But this is incomplete. We wait for trains, but trains come whether we wait or not.
Advent is waiting in preparation. John the Baptist preached repentance in preparation. We must prepare our hearts so that we can recognize Jesus when He comes and so that He can recognize us as His own.
Advent is waiting in expectation. We know the Lord is trustworthy because we have seen him deliver his promised Messiah to Israel. If God ransomed Israel 2000 years ago in Christ as He promised, then we can expect Him to come again—as He promised.
Advent is waiting in watchfulness. We live each day with our eyes open, alert and ready. We cannot let our Lord find us sleeping.
Advent is waiting in hope. With our hearts prepared, we take that expectation and that watchfulness and set our hearts on heaven, where we will be with God forever. We long for God and we long for the salvation He offers us. “We wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
—Fr. John Brown, S.J.
Lord, how could it happen? Innocent children with no chance to escape the repeated firing of the gun. Beloved principal and nurturing adults struck down by senseless death. Parents whirling in disbelief and paralyzed in an agony of broken hearts. Lord, in this senseless time, begin to heal the devastated souls of those robbed of their children. Give them the support they need to face each day and to have companionship in their mourning. And in each passing day bless those that mourn and fulfill your promise that they will be comforted.
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