Second Sunday of Advent 2020

Is 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Pt 3:8-14; Mk 1:1-8

Fr. Mike Parents

This season of the Church reminds us that we are Advent people, a people in waiting. Now most of us don’t enjoy waiting, i.e., being told to wait a minute, get in the queue, being put on ‘hold’ etc., when we want something we usually want it now, if not sooner. We are often like the child whose mother tells it, ‘Wait, not everything you want, dear, is good for you’. For the child, that is ‘bad’ news.

Mother Church tells us through today’s reading to wait.  And it is good news; your sin is atoned for, the One who atones is coming with power, subduing all things to Him, bringing the prize of his victory with him. (Is. 40:1-11).

We may feel this waiting for the prize is taking forever. Peter, in the second reading reminds us that for the Lord a day can mean a thousand years and a thousand years like a day.  We being all too human are tempted to say, ‘Fine Lord but we don’t have all that time.  Oh, and just what are we waiting for in the meantime?’  Peter replies for us. “A NEW earth and NEW heaven”. We wait for the Lord’s Day, not the sort of day this world gives. For this world of ours has been a wilderness since our first parents sinned – a garden turned to desert and its day, our days especially, filled with false promise, fake news and the babble of social media and profiteering commercials.

But wait. Mark begins: “The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God…” at last, a Word we can trust and a Promise we can believed in.  Good News indeed.

Yet, we remain a people in waiting.  But our waiting itself is joyful and effective.  Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, once said.  “Nothing is more practical than finding God.” May we paraphrase him and say, “Nothing is more practical than waiting for God …. What we wait for, what we fall in love with, will affect everything… it will decide what we do … how we spend our time … who we know… what breaks our heart … what fills it with joy and gratitude.”

May the seasons of our lives be advent – season spent waiting on Him.