On waiting when one just can’t wait

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For 5 December 2020, Saturday of the 1st week of Advent, based on Psalm 147:1-6

Blessed are those who wait for the Lord.

Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

Blessed are those who wait for the Lord.

He heals the broken-hearted,
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.

Blessed are those who wait for the Lord.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
he casts the wicked to the ground.

Blessed are those who wait for the Lord.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Ann is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO (sponsored by the Province of St. Albert the Great) and former director of the school's doctorate of ministry in preaching program. She has been affiliated with the Dominican community since 1996.