The readings for this Sunday are from the Prophet Jeremiah 33:14-16; the book of Psalm 25; the 1st Letter to the Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; and the Gospel according to Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.
As we begin the new Liturgical Year as well as entering into the season of Advent we are reminded that the days are coming when the Lord will fulfill his promise and we have to be patient. We are reminded by the name of the season Advent which means coming. We light one candle for Hope. For many of us patience is something that doesn’t come easily. Who actually watches television or videos on the internet and not skip the advertisements. Patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and is one that we it seems we need to ask for. In the days since Thanksgiving some people in my neighborhood have gone and put out their Christmas lights and Coffee shops have dropped the Pumpkin Spice flavoring for something more Peppermint. Yet radio stations have been switched over to the Christmas carol format since about the middle of November and there have been Christmas\Holiday ads on television since Halloween. Waiting can be difficult but sometimes waiting can be more enjoyable then what you are waiting for, as we should note with the new Star Wars film coming out soon. Back when The Phantom Menace we first released back in 1999, people were so excited to see Star Wars back on the big screen but many people were let down by the film with so much and they continually pick on these later films. Yet we aren’t just waiting for a new Star Wars movie we are waiting for the second coming. Films aren’t the only thing that people are anxiously waiting just look at the 2016 United States Presidential nomination process it seem like it has been going since 2012 when Obama we elected for his second term. As we were told last week the time in coming but we do not know the day or the hour. Let us all pray that we can have more patience in this season of Advent as well as in the New Year. Since as that saying goes “Good things come to those who wait” whether a romance or something that’s on a Christmas list. Patience is essential for all people and I hope that we all can work on being more patient especially with each other.