Every year we come through the Advent season – yearning, waiting, anticipating the justice and peace and righteousness the prophets proclaim. Then we launch ourselves into Christmas Day, make New Year’s resolutions, and by mid-January, we’ve moved on.
Maybe the waiting is too hard. Maybe it’s just something we feel more comfortable projecting into the far distant future of one of these days… or heaven. But really, the things we yearn for – the end of racism and white supremacy, the end of poverty, the end of oppression, the end of addiction, the end of homelessness, the end of homo/transphobia, the end of all things that diminish and destroy – these don’t come magically. Thoughts and prayers don’t make these things happen.
Jesus didn’t carry a magic wand – he waded into the thick of things and got to work. This is how it ever was with God. Justice comes when God’s people stop waiting and get to work turning themselves around. This is my Christmas wish for all of us. No more waiting.