Our Experiences of Waiting

October 20, 2020 – Tuesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time

Click here for the readings (https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/102020.cfm)

Homily

We must have experienced in many ways the reality of waiting. These days, many have exercised their patience to wait for the arrival of their item ordered online. Others may have experienced to wait outside before they can enter a establishment because of the enforced health protocols. Others may be waiting for their medical result that causes anxiety because it may not be too good. Others too may be waiting to be given attention by their loved one and be given a chance to be loved again. Others also may be waiting to be forgiven and hoping to be embraced. Today, the whole human family is also waiting for the vaccine to be fully developed in order to fight Covid-19.

These are just few examples of waiting that we experience daily. Some forms of waiting may be small and simple, but some could mean a long waiting, a tiring waiting and a painful waiting.

With this reality of waiting in our life, there is another form of waiting and welcoming that is fairly significant for us to be given importance and attention. This is the “waiting of the Lord’s everyday coming” and “welcoming him daily.”

Indeed, the Lord comes to us and also waits that he will be welcomed by us. This is portrayed today through the story in the Gospel. Jesus declares how blessed are those servants who awaits the return of their master because the presence of the master means something very great. Jesus gives us the image of the presence of the master who serves his servants and enjoys the company of his servants.

Jesus emphasizes the importance to await and to be vigilant at all times to welcome him when he comes. The attitude of anticipating and being attentive to God’s coming is characterized by a joyful manner. Thus, to expect and to wait Jesus’ coming does not only require us to sit straight, but also to expect him with joy and with a dose of surprise.

Let us remember, God’s manifestations of his presence and the revelations of his grace are done even in silence. Consequently, when God reveals himself, it is simple, humble and even ordinary.

Again, Jesus reminds us today in the Gospel “blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival,” because the master himself brings peace. This is affirmed also today in our first reading. Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians that, “Christ is our peace.” Moreover, our Psalm also proclaims to us, “The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

Therefore, Jesus wants us to await and be always attentive to his many surprises for us and to his simple revelations in us, in our daily life – wherever we are. Jesus calls us to expect, anticipate and await with joy his everyday coming to assure us of his abiding and ever-faithful presence. It is God’s promise that he brings peace to us to dispel the worries and anxieties, the boredom and the tiredness in our hearts from waiting, from whatever kind of waiting we may be enduring this moment.

As we wait and welcome the Lord, may our daily encounter with him become life-changing and reassuring. Hinaut pa.

Jom Baring, CSsR

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