The good news that the prophets bring this second Sunday in Advent asks us to heed both of these admonitions.
Peter reminds us that God does not live by our time: “with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.” What seems to us like slowness to act is actually God’s patience with us, giving us the opportunity to be transformed into peaceful people who live according to his ways. So, be patient-both with God and with yourself and others.
The prophet Isaiah receives God’s charge to call God’s people to prepare the way, the highway in the desert, for God’s impending glorious coming, when he will restore Jerusalem’s glory. The beginning of Mark’s gospel presents John the Baptist making the same proclamation, as he called people to repent and be forgiven through the water of baptism, to get ready for the One who would come after him. So, take time to be careful and make your heart ready for that One who is coming.
The prophets this Sunday don’t proclaim darkness and doom; they don’t denounce us and make us feel hopeless. Quite the contrary: they offer us hope and peace and a sense of joyful expectation.