(First Sunday of Advent).
Sunday, December 3, 2017.
If you want God to come to you, you must wait for him. And, as you wait, you must be on the watch.
In order to “be on the watch” (Mark 13:34) as we wait for someone, we must want to meet the person we are waiting for. The more we want to meet him, the more watchful will our wait be. Our world is not willing to wait for God because it does not want to meet him, or desire his coming.
Why doesn’t the world want God to come to us?
Because the world has already received its own gods: the god of wealth, the god of materialism, the god of worldly power, and the god of selfishness. The world seems to be convinced that there is nothing better than the gods it already has. The world sees the true God as an intruder, as a spoiler, and as a threat to the existing “order.”
Nevertheless, God wants us to know his coming is inevitable, he wants us to know he is the true savior, the one who has the power to free us from evil and death. If we do not want to miss his coming, we must be awake.
Who is awake?
He who is awake works for and looks forward to bringing liberation and life to the world, and unity and equality to humankind. He who is awake wants to meet God and cherish the life he stands for. He who is awake will eagerly wait for the coming of God.
When we are awake we live as visible testimony to the presence of God in the world. Therefore, we can say we already have the life of God in our midst. “You were enriched in every way with all discourse and all knowledge, . . . so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift” as you wait for the coming of God (1 Corinthians 1:5-7).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)