Q: Archbishop J, in Advent who is waiting?
Advent, if we think about it, is about Mary. John the Baptist, Isaiah, the gospels all heighten the sense of longing for the Messiah. They all contribute to the drama of the waiting. They play the part of best supporting actors in this great drama. In that first Advent, who is waiting on whom? Now we have the central part of the drama. It is God who is waiting on Mary. It is Mary who is waiting on God. That is why it is a season of active waiting in joyful hope.