Advent is a time of waiting. And like most people, we are impatient. We don't like to wait. We want our lives to be like the microwave.... 1 minute and a cup of coffee is done.... our requests and prayers to God are immediately answered. Yet, Advent is that time of waiting where we must become like the crock pot.... it takes a long time to cook a meal but the time gives the veggies and meat time to become wonderful and delicious and savoury. During this Advent we must slow ourselves down and reflect on the Biblical story... from the wonderful reading in Isaiah 9 where it is told that a prophet will prepare the way for the arrival of God's son. By reflecting on this passage, we ask ourselves, how do we prepare our lives this week to live fully within the love of God? How will we share the love of God with our family and neighbours this week as we await this Advent week for the fullness of time?
The waiting of Advent will soon be over. And the fullness of time will come soon. Time's fullness is coming soon.... the fullness of time is met in the birth of the Christ Child.
O Come O Come Emmanuel.