A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ…(Luke 3:15).
The Christmas Season throbs with a feeling of expectancy. Children expect Santa Claus’ arrival, with long-awaited gifts. Adults expect to be invited to parties and social gatherings at the workplace or at the homes of friends and relatives. ‘Tis the season to be jolly when even the Church expects a rise in attendance. Expectancy breeds hope.
Expectancy also demands preparation. The curtains must be bought or sewn. The pig cared for throughout the year becomes the ham that is devoured. The wall is prepared for paint whilst the household awaits in joyful anticipation of a change in colour or contrast.