Waiting – who likes waiting?
I expect that not many people enjoy the experience.
Waiting… for God?
Some will be quick to reply: ‘Of course, he will come at the end of our life.’
And what about from day to day? For he does!
But we have always so much to do, so much to care about, so much to get busy with…
Yes, waiting and recognizing him and… serving him?
We have been taught that this is what we must do: serve God.
Strangely enough, the text of today’s gospel (Lk.12:35-40) describes the reverse side of reality!
“Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.
I tell you solemnly, he will sit them down at table and wait on them.”
If we wait FOR him, he will wait ON us.
In fact, he does already – he ‘serves’ us the wonderful ‘food’ of:
- life and health
- strength in difficult times
- comfort in sorrow
- unexpected joy and deep peace… and so much more!
In the beautiful book The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Shug, one of characters (African-American), says with much wisdom:
“People think pleasing God is all God care about.
But any fool living in the world can see it (=GOD) always trying to please us back.
It (=GOD) always making little surprises and springing them on us when us (=we) least expect.”
The world… upside down, turned around?
To our eyes, perhaps but this is GOD being God!
Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/19e-dimanche-de-lannee-c-2019/