My siblings and I studied away from our hometown and so every time Christmas comes, my Dad and Mom would always tell us then that they’re already preparing our home and our rooms for our coming. They’d ensure that every nook and corner of the house is cleaned, the grass in the lawn is trimmed, and all sorts of food prepared. It’s always exciting to come home during the holidays, and being with our own families now, homecoming is still always being looked forward to.
Waiting could be a mix of emotions; it can be interesting but it could be also be a restless experience watching,
- for the coming of the newborn baby
- for the arrival of family members coming to visit us
- for the release of examination results
- for the departure and arrival of the plane
- for the recovery of sickness
- for the coming home of a lover
Henry van Dyke captured it saying, “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
Like our families who wait when we go home, thus we should be in constant state of preparation for the coming of the Lord. This wait should be characterized by an intense desire for the coming of the Savior, even though we’re aware of our brokenness. It shouldn’t be a lazy wait, or something that makes us decay and eventually die. This waiting should be active and creative, even transformative. Being active means continuing engagement with the Spirit, for us to be continuously discerning His will. We should be involved in our Church activities, because as Champions, we should be waiting with an expectant faith. A faith that translates our love and obedience to the Father by sharing our time, talent and treasure. Something that transforms us into radiating His soon-to-be-revealed Glory. One SMS I received today aptly captured this thought,
“…when God blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living. Raise your standard of giving.”
Reminding us of the coming of Jesus, this Sunday the Church celebrated the First Sunday of Advent. While we await His coming, our Lord has advised us:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise” (Lk. 21:34).
Within these, God has given us this wonderful world that feeds us throughout the year, the Bible to instruct us, the Sacraments to nourish and heal us, the Holy Spirit to guide us, Mama Mary to love and pray for us, and a constant river of Grace to refresh us (Rv. 22: 1-2). Yes, the Lord equips us to fight the enemy. In His generosity and compassion for the sinner, the Lord has given the community enough resources, both material and psychological, that it may fulfill its destiny, which resources we put at the disposal of the leader. (The Code of Champions)
May we always respond with love and gratitude in all our ways as we wait for Christ our King to return and take us to our Heavenly Home to live with Him, the angels and the saints, forever and until eternity.
Champions commit to do their best. There is no other way.