Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent - Today's Readings
In today's Gospel, we hear the story of John the Baptist's birth, but also of a promise being fulfilled. Yet another biblical couple who struggled with fertility is experiencing the surprise blessing of a baby. I often wonder God told these couples He was blessing them with a children. Why didn't He just do it?
In this circumstance, the story behind John's life only amplifies his presence later in the Gospel of preparing a way for the Lord. But, I also think it's important to hear that God keeps His promises. In a time when the Israelites were waiting for a Messiah, they likely needed (or at least wanted) another reminder that God is faithful and He does keep his promises.
I know I can grow weary in the waiting. Whether we are waiting for quarantine to end, waiting for a test result, waiting for an end to the pandemic or waiting to become pregnant, I can get overwhelmed and downtrodden. I need reminders that God is faithful and he does keep his promises to us. These reminders help me wait in joyful hope. So, even though we are almost to Christmas, there is still some waiting to do. What helps you wait patiently?