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28 November 2016

Monday 28 November

[Matthew 13: 24-35]

Waiting Patiently

Our passage today reminds us that we are called to be patient and wise in our waiting. In our jobs we might be called upon to show that we are good problem-solvers, pro-active, positive people. But this may tempt us to rush in with solutions and not reflect and see the wider picture. We have only to look at the recent wars plaguing our world to know that national leaders are tempted in the same way. They see immediate radical action as the solution, but fail to look at the long-term damage done along the way.

God’s people have always been tempted to be over-hasty; not waiting patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled, but stepping in with their own remedies. Like Abraham and Sarah who couldn’t wait for the promised son; Joseph who boasted about his dreams without waiting to hear the voice of the One who gave him those dreams and the timing of revealing them; Moses who couldn’t wait for God’s promise of deliverance, but took it upon himself to punish the slave-driver; the freed slaves from Egypt who got bored with manna - and so on throughout the ages. In every case God’s purposes were revealed at his appointed time.

Our Lord wanted to teach his disciples to be patient and wise as they witnessed and invited people to join God’s Kingdom of Justice, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. We are part of God’s story. Let us learn the lesson of patient and wise waiting so that God’s purpose can be worked out in us. For “in God’s sight a thousand years are like yesterday that has passed, like a watch of the night” (Psalm 90: 4).

 

For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 5-9