“What are you waiting for?” That’s a question we are asked from time to time.
When I was fourteen, I had the pleasure of seeing Pope John Paul II during a visit of his to Boston. In his homily later that day, Pope John Paul II said the reason he came to the USA that year was, “…to tell everyone – young and old alike – to say in the name of Christ: ‘Come and follow me!’”
There’s only so much depth a fourteen-year-old can take in but what I do remember from that day was a sense of hope that the Holy Father’s visit brought to so many.
The message in today’s Gospel gives us that same sense of hope. In his writings today, Luke is stressing the need for us to be ready and watchful for an important sign – when that sign is to come we do not know but we must remain hopeful.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!