Advent season is a season of joyful waiting

Advent season is a season of joyful waiting

A joyful waiting, preparing the way of the Lord (Luke 3:4-6)                                                                     

…as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

St. John, the Baptizer, in the old days, had been prophesied by Isaiah to be the joyful messenger of Jesus’ coming. He carried the sublime message of the baptism of repentance. He went about the whole region to proclaim to all a great cause for their rejoicing – Jesus, the Lord, is coming to take all sins away!

John was more than a prophet, but a precursor of the Lord. No one can tell how he ran from here to there. He shouted the good news with gladness. He jumped with joy knowing that he was bringing not an ordinary message. He was carrying a message that shall alleviate all suffering and stop all mourning and weeping. He was announcing a Good News that would bring all hearts to endless bliss.

Prepare the way of the Lord

“Prepare the way of the Lord”, he says. “Salvation will be for all. Leave your worries and anxieties behind. Be of good cheer and begin to straighten up your crooked ways. Stand up quick! Liven up your dull rooms and lighten up your dark paths!” All these were certainly the echoes of John’s proclamation.

Proclaiming for the Lord’s coming with joy is one of John’s most beautiful messages. He invites each one of us not to spend this season of waiting in gloom. This season maybe the busiest season of the year… people are rushing, people are searching, people are doing all sorts of works. They are cleaning, decorating, meeting deadlines, preparing meals form one gathering to the next. All these preparation are seemingly unavoidable during this season.

Jesus, the reason to rejoice

Nevertheless, despite these external restlessness, we are always called to continue journeying in this time with peace and with deep joy. God is leading us to His glorious light which is absolutely not found in merely accomplishing every work, but in every joyful dealing of our hearts with others.

If we know and understand what is truly valuable in this advent season, we will never have time to be lonely or weary. Even if we find our minds, bodies and spirit getting so tired, we will still find joy in the season. If we know what is truly important in this time of waiting. If we know that it is Jesus who is coming to dwell among us, we will never ran out of reason to rejoice. We will do every sort of thing with joy!

Advent season is a season of joyful waiting. The King who is to come is the bearer of true joy and peace.

Let us pause and reflect:

Am I feeling tired and restless during these days that sometimes I fail to find joy in what I am doing?

Have I experienced the deep joy of the advent season?

If yes, in what way am I sharing it with the people around me?

 If not, what could be the reason and what shall I do to embody the joy of advent?

Advent season is a season of joyful waiting

 

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