Be patient, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains! You too have to be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord’s coming will be soon. Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. For your example, brothers, in submitting with patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
The Second reading on Sunday next, the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, reminds us that we wait still for the Lord’s Second Coming.
We live with hope because of his first coming, but his second coming is still ahead of us.
In this meantime we anticipate that second coming again and again in our sacramental encounters with the Lord in word and in Sacrament.
Already, here and now, we meet with him and experience his saving love. These tokens of what is still come sustain and encourage us.
St James. St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham. (c) 2016, Allen Morris