Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Today’s world is fast and furious. People don’t have time for anything; all are busy. This is also the age of instant things: instant tea, instant noodles, instant home delivery and the like. But through today’s gospel, Jesus shows the virtue of waiting: waiting for the coming of the Lord. It was the yearning of the whole Israel nation for a messiah for which they waited: ‘Maranatha.’ The Shulamite woman waited for her lover: ‘On my bed, I sought whom my heart loves.’ The early Christians waited for the coming of the Lord. “Come Lord Jesus.” But his waiting is not an idle waiting; it presupposes certain things:
- Preparedness: waiting is preceded by preparation. The foolish virgins too waited for the Lord but were not prepared with oil. Let us bring to mind the famous question to St. Aloysius Gonzaga: ‘If the world ends now what would you do?’ and his answer was: ‘I will just carry on playing.” This shows how prepared he was to meet the Lord.
- Be awake: Waiting for the Lord calls us to be awake – to the realities around us. Gone are the days where the monks ran to the deserts and mountain caves to wait for the Lord. Now the deserts and caves are in the city. Hence to be awake means to be attentive to the lives of the people and their struggles. Waiting for the Lord is not an invitation to seclusion but one for active involvement.
- Listen to the sound of knocking: when Jesus comes, be attentive to the sound of the knocking. This knocking takes place in the ordinary events of life. In the Old Testament God came with thunder and lightning but now he comes in the ordinariness of daily life. It is difficult to discern but that’s how Jesus calls us today.
Can we, in our busy instant life, wait for some time and look for the gentle breeze through which God calls us? Can we stop and wait for the Lord?