I keep being told these days to wait. In sermons, blog posts, earnest Advent Facebook updates, the message has been, more often than not, “wait.” Waiting is good. Waiting trains us in patience, one of the most important virtues we can cultivate. Advent, however, isn’t the time for it. As our gospel for this Sunday reminds us—the wait is over, the kingdom has come.
The passage opens with John in prison, a place made for the worst kind of waiting. He wants to know from Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” This is critical for John because he is about to die and he knows it. Should he die still praying for the Kingdom for which he has been preparing? Or can he uncork the bootlegged Champaign in celebration of its arrival? READ MORE