This weekend Advent begins – it is the start of the Church’s liturgical year but is also a season in the Church’s calendar described as a time of “waiting”.

Waiting is, perhaps, a word we do not like. Many times, “waiting” seems to carry with it a negative connotation. In world where things happen at break-neck speeds we are getting less and less used to the idea of waiting – perhaps we even get frustrated and irritated when we are told to wait for something!

In stark contrast to the world in which we live the Church, in this Season of Advent, invites us to learn how to wait – waiting not in frustration, irritation, anxiety or fear, but waiting in expectation and hope. Our waiting is not passive but an active waiting. The scriptures this weekend all teach us how to wait hopefully and expectantly.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1-8; Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 & Mark 13:33-37

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