We’ve just experienced Advent, that beautiful season of waiting for the coming of the Prince of Peace. But for many of us, waiting isn’t over. Prisoners wait for the last day of their sentence; expectant parents wait nine months to greet their child; kids wait for the school day to be over so that they can run wild and free; cancer patients wait for the last day of radiation. That kind of waiting calls for patient endurance. But there are other kinds of waiting that we humans must not tolerate. We can’t wait to find out if the world’s climate scientists are right in predicting devastation for the Earth and her inhabitants. Children can’t wait for the food, health care and education they need today. Homeless people can’t wait through the cold of January for a warm place to sleep and a friendly greeting. None of us can wait to be generous, merciful and just.
By Mara Faulkner, OSB