Daily Reflection
October 23rd, 2002
 Rev. Richard Gabuzda
Institute for Priestly Formation
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 Ephesians 3:2-12
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Luke 12:39-48
"While You Wait"

What do you do while you wait--while you wait at the traffic light, at the airport or bus stop, in the doctor's office?  Most of us know that there are fruitful ways to wait (reading a book, entering into conversation, even praying) and empty ways to wait (stewing about how bad it is to wait.)  Waiting is part of life.  The question is, "What do you do while you wait?"

The passage of Luke in which Jesus approaches the question of the return of the "Son of Man" focuses our attention on that same question.  While we wait for the Lord to come again, whether that be in his glorious return, or in our personal meeting with him, the best preparation is the living of every moment by simply doing what is expected of us.  Fidelity in the small things--such as care for our family, justice in our relationships and our work, prayerful relating with God--these things well done are the best preparation for our future meeting.  For, we meet the same Lord in these small things well done, as we will see "when he comes."

So, what are you doing, while you wait?

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