A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
Ministry & Life Perspectives
August 8, 2020
December 8, 2018
Americans spend about 37 billion hours each year waiting in line.
Other than waiting in line, the average person spends about 43 days on hold with automated customer service in one lifetime. For those people who take a train or bus, they will spend about 27 days of their lives waiting around on the platform or at the bus stop. And the average American commuter will spend 38 hours each year waiting in traffic. (www.reference.com) And we wonder where our time goes!!!
I don’t know about you, but for me, I sometimes have a short fuse when it comes time for me to wait. Waiting is difficult, mostly because it does not fit into our plans, rather, it upsets the plans we have for the day. I wonder if getting held up in line at the grocery store or in a checkout at the mall, or being stuck in traffic might be a way to slow us down a bit. Perhaps it is an indication of our need to be more patient, not only while shopping or driving, but in our lives in general.
As we just celebrated the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I think of her time of expectant waiting – waiting for her child to be born – then waiting as the plan of salvation through her Son, Jesus Christ unfolded. A number of times in Scripture we are reminded that “Mary pondered that in her heart.” I love that. To think that we have been given insight into what Mary kept in her heart in regard to her Son. Just what do you hold in your heart and for what are you expectantly waiting in your life?
We, as a Church, are beginning the Second Week of Advent and we as a Church are together WAITING, like Mary before us, for the coming of Jesus Christ. For us it is the Second Coming of Christ; the parousia. We are waiting, expecting something, not sure of what it will all mean. We might do well to “ponder” that thought in our hearts. How might we prepare ourselves?
What exactly might I want Jesus to see in me upon his Second Coming? Let us together use the remaining time of this Advent season to think about those things, to ponder them in our hearts. Perhaps it could be a spiritual practice as we wait in line or in traffic in the coming weeks. We can only imagine and hope for how doing so might result in our becoming more patient and more open to receiving Jesus when he comes again. Our waiting might be a great time to share our thoughts, our needs, with God. We call that prayer.