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 at Mass on Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, urges us to patient waiting.
But not to passive waiting. For sure we know that the harvest is the Lord’s harvest, it is he who produces its fruit, and often we not know how.
Yet we are to prepare ourselves, through the discipline of waiting (not anticipating Christmas!), through the discipline of living lovingly ourselves, as far as we can manage it.
Advent is a time of purification and renewal, reading us for the still greater that can only come from God.
- How do you wait?
- For what do you long?
Font and Harvest. Tewkesbury Abbey. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.