FROM THE PROVINCIAL SUPERIOR
aiting…. Few of us like to do it. In some areas of life, perhaps the most important areas,
where we wait for test results, we wait for our loved ones, we wait for many more things.
Question is, “Should I Wait for Him?” Most of us have asked this question sometime in our life.
We question our sense of reality. We all know in our hearts that to continue to wait is probably
going to bring us uneasiness and uncomfortable. Waiting is not natural in life. So how do we
move forward, how do we not give up on someone, yet go on with our lives as a practical
matter? The answer is simple: make plans. Not waiting does not mean giving up hope, or that
we cannot always hold that person in our heart, or love him deeply. It simply means staying true
to what we want. It means in the midst of uneasiness we remember to love ourselves; this is how
we get in touch with our own desires again. Sometimes in the process of waiting we get lost and
confused. But waiting is very often in His plan. There are people in our lives for whom we
always wait for. We want them to be a part of our life, to approve of our decisions, to love us in
the way we love them. If we have love for someone, we don’t mind waiting.
As Christians waiting is one of the fundamental actions of the believer. In their captivity and
exile, the Jewish people waited for the coming of the Messiah. And, in the fullness of time, He
did come in the Person of Jesus Christ, true God and true man. And now, like the Hebrews did
of old, we Christians wait for the triumphant return of the King. In the words spoken at every
Holy Mass, “we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” With the eyes of
faith, we know that Jesus Christ has encountered his passion and death and has been raised
from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. But Christ will come again at
the end of time to judge the living and the dead. Every Christian is called to wait for that
inevitable, final day; to wait and to be ready by living lives of prayerful love and mercy.
Advent is a time of waiting, His coming, time of quiet, of reflection, and of prayerful meditation
on the promises of God, not the least of which is His triumphant return at the end of time. It is
also a time to reflect on the fidelity of God, and the blessed assurance that has been given to
those who persevere in the ways of love, an assurance that is rooted in the tender love of God
for His people. His coming will bring us the hope of total liberation from all the tribulations of this
life. When we feel sad and downcast in the midst of present tribulations, it is a matter of tremendous
consolation to wait eagerly for the joy and hope. This hope will give us the strength to cope with
the problems of this life, and to live our lives with a greater commitment and accountability. How
seriously do we prepare to meet the Lord as he comes to us in history, mystery and majesty?
Does this hope give us the strength to face the problems of this life, and to live our lives with a
greater commitment and accountability? Are we alert and watchful or carefree? How many
times others have to remind us about our duties, responsibilities, bad habits, need for prayer,
hard work, etc.? Do we do what we are supposed to do out of force and fear of disapproval by
others or out of responsibility towards a task for which we are accountable? This is time of
Advent. We shall keep watching, waiting and praying.
(Bro. Clement Kandulna)