Advent: Hurry Up and Wait?
Today’s Mass – and, indeed, the entirety of Advent – seem to throw at us two contradictory messages. The Gospel of the first Sunday of Advent always exhorts us to vigilance: Stay awake (Mt 24:42). . . .Be watchful, be alert. . . .Watch! (Mk 13: 33,37). . . .Be vigilant at all times (Lk 21:34). Similarly, the Prefaces for Advent describe us as those who watch for that day and are watchful in prayer. But then the collect for today’s Mass prays, not for the capacity to wait and watch, but for the resolve to run forth to meet