A few weeks ago I went to Intramuros to tour an SFL sister from Vienna and her friend. As we go around Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, and Casa Manila we found ourselves really hungry and tired. So we went to this restaurant and started to order what looks good in their menu.
Unfortunately, it took a while before the food start coming out of the kitchen. So to kill the time I started playing with the utensils, then my phone, and anything that caught my eye until there is nothing more left in the table that I haven’t played with. When the food finally came I realize that if there is one thing I am really not good at, and that is, to WAIT.
Advent is Waiting
I remember Archbishop Soc Villegas once said in his homily that, “Advent is all about Waiting”. But the problem with us today is that we don’t want to wait. We try and do everything just to avoid the thought that we are actually waiting; we tend to sleep or do something while waiting, which we love to call “multi-tasking”. He said that the problem with all of these tactics is that in the deepness of our sleep or in the busyness of our multi-tasking we tend to forget what we are really doing in the first place, that is, we are WAITING.
Advent is all about waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ. It is all about constantly asking Jesus to come back in our hearts and in the world. And the only thing we can do for it to happen is to really wait for Him. Scriptures says that:
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:7-8, NAB)
So this advent, may I invite all of you to actively wait for the Lord! I believe that we in CFC YFL should really spend this special time in waiting for Jesus! Let me share to you how I think we can just do that that:
You have heard it being said a lot of times that God gave us two ears and one mouth so that we can listen more and speak less. This advent season let us wait for the Lord by listening to Him. He always speaks to us. We only need to take some time to really listen to Him. When we listen to God more, then we’ll love Him more.
When we truly wait for someone, then we can say that we truly loved that person. Regardless if that person got delayed for a long time or took too long to prepare and you still chose to stay and wait, then that is love. This advent season let us love the Lord by waiting for Him. Let us spend some time in the Adoration Chapel and talk to Him. We might not be used to being silent and quiet, but this advent let us do that as our way of loving God.
3. Let Go
We cannot actively wait for someone if we are distracted. Chances are if you waiting for a person and you are distracted you might miss that person. This advent season let us wait for God by surrendering everything that might distract our attention to meet Him. Let us surrender all the hurts of the past for it belongs to God already. Let us surrender all our anxiety about the future because God is holding it already. Let us just focus on the present and in our present situation God will meet us there. Let us just wait for Him!
In the end as I received the food we ordered in Intramuros and tasted it, all I can say is that it is, “worth the wait”. May we too can say the same as we wait and meet the Lord again this season.