We speak of Advent as a time of waiting, generally focusing on our active waiting for the coming of Christ. And I do think that is a helpful image for us.
A reflection I read the other day suggested, however, that we might want to think of Advent waiting somewhat differently. Joseph Lingan, S.J., Rector of the Jesuit Community at Georgetown University wrote this:
I have often heard that Advent is a time of waiting, suggesting that we are the ones who wait. Perhaps it is not a matter of our waiting, but God’s—of God’s waiting for us. Waiting for us to pay attention, to at long last see what God has been revealing to us and to our weary world, and allowing that revelation to inform and transform us. And so that we are not intimidated by God’s initiative, He comes to us as a child wrapped in swaddling clothes…what a Joy!…to the world!
You might ask yourself, how does it make you feel to know that God is attentively waiting on you? That God is the one taking the initiative to draw closer and closer to you – and all you have to do is pay attention?
And you might also consider: what steps are you taking this Advent to be more attentive to what God is revealing to you…how God is inviting you to transformation?