Prepare Ye

It’s curious to me how much we humans – even in this culture of immediate gratification – tend to take pleasure in expectation.  When something potentially wonderful is on the way, we clean, we decorate, we shop, we make lists.  We dream, we plan, we hold the idea close and polish it like a talisman.  “I CAN’T WAIT!!!” goes on our Facebook wall, and we count down the days.  Even when our longing has a tinge of bitterness to it, we keep returning to it, exploring all its flavors, discovering the streak of sweetness inside.

Often, when the anticipated finally arrives, disappointment crashes in.  We realize that all the fun was in the waiting.

God has designed us to be creatures of expectation – to cling to and relish the truth that something (Someone!) truly glorious is in our future.  To plan for Him.  To wait in joyful hope.  To cleanse our hearts so that they may be hospitable to Holiness.  And to discover that He, alone, does not disappoint.  Come, Desire of Nations, Come!

Your Pickle,
Marian Bart
Parish Catechetical Leader