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Why can’t we wait for 2021?

by Clyde Ericson Nolasco

The year 2020 is almost over. And I bet I am not the only one waiting for this year to end.

We were ushered into this year with the fiery bushes of Australia and the sulphurous smoke of Taal volcano. The Black Mamba (NBA legend Kobe Bryant) died. Many lives were lost when an earthquake hit Turkey while strong typhoons ravaged our archipelago. Parts of the US are experiencing orange skies due to California wildfires.

What’s worse is thousands have died and most of us are still in lockdown due to COVID-19. Schools are still closed. Church activities especially masses are limited and, sadly, some businesses have already closed permanently due to the effects of this pandemic. We are in the middle of not just a health crisis but also of a looming economic crisis.

With all these, how we would like this year to end soonest and to start anew with the coming year 2021!

However, the nearer we are to 2021, the more impatient we become. Waiting becomes painstaking.


Waiting seems to be a weakness for most of us.

Liturgically, we are in the most proper time of the year to talk about waiting as we enter the season of Advent and as we prepare for Christmas and the year to come.

The season of Advent opens a new liturgical year and paves the way to Christmas.

Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” that means “arrival” or “coming.” This season is a two-fold preparation as we remember the first Christmas and as we anticipate Jesus’ second coming.

The season invites us to prepare our hearts and spirits as we remember the day the incarnate God was born. We put up our Belen to commemorate the first nativity in Bethlehem. We gather as one family and relive every year the love that was gifted to us during the first Christmas.

Along with this festive event, Advent is also meant to prepare us for Jesus’ promise of His second coming: that He will come again to bring about new heavens and a new earth.

Though known to us that He will be back again, its fulfillment will always remain a mystery to all of us. Thus, we are challenged to be prepared and be watchful of the day He would be back for that will be the Judgment Day.

Sadly, Advent appears to be a neglected season. We are so preoccupied with the Christmas rush that we forget the true spirit of Advent, which is to “wait” for the Messiah.

Why is it hard to wait?

Most of the time, we would fail to wait. In a fast-paced world, waiting is becoming a skill to a few and a burden to many.

Waiting makes us powerless. Waiting would inevitably remind us that we can’t control time thus reminding us that we are just left to do nothing but to wait. No matter how much we preoccupy ourselves while waiting, time runs the same.

Waiting is a mental battle. Because it’s not easy to wait, it becomes mental calisthenics. Only those who can control their worries and anxieties while waiting would successfully get through the process without getting either bored or stressed.

Mary and Joseph

This season, let us allow Mary and Joseph to journey with us as we await for Jesus’ arrival.

From the Annunciation to the Nativity, from Bethlehem to Nazareth, to the mountains of Golgotha, Mary might have been perplexed many times. She could have resigned and reversed her promise of Fiat with all those events that happened to her Son. But she patiently waited for her questions to be answered. She waited with all her faith.

Being the earthly father, Joseph’s role to Jesus was challenging: from accepting the pregnant Mary to keeping them safe from Herod. Biblically, Joseph remained quiet but he became a man of action. Though was hesitant, he never failed to do his part. Joseph quietly waited as the salvific plan of God unfolded.

Let us wait for 2021 with faithful hearts and in active silence that all these too shall pass in Jesus’ name.

Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

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Nov 29, 2021

Waiting for something is absolutely difficult for me, we would want everything to go as fast so that we would be done with it. Another reason is that we wouldn't want to sit around and wait since we would think that we have a lot more things to do than something that will use your time. -Charlotte Mallare


Nov 29, 2021

Waiting is difficult because us people don't like waiting it's hard to wait for something that you know might never happen, For a big majority of people, waiting is difficult because they find their selves with nothing to do, eagerly waiting impatiently for action


Lauren Jacey Tani
Lauren Jacey Tani
Nov 29, 2021

Waiting is difficult because we have to control our patience. Another reason why waiting is difficult because we are not used to be waiting for something for a very long time. We can be impatient sometimes if we don't receive something we want immediately, we could get frustrated. - Lauren Jacey A. Tani


Nov 29, 2021

Waiting is difficult for a lot of people because they don't like waiting because of how they feel. Like the feeling of frustration when waiting, A lot of people don't like waiting because of how they feel. -Isabella Denise Chan


Jeri Margaux Austria
Jeri Margaux Austria
Nov 29, 2021

Waiting is difficult because we live in a fast paced world. Just as what was said in the article, no matter how much we preoccupy ourselves time will always run the same. It won’t slow down or go faster. Waiting also takes a toll on our mental health. We get so excited for the news that we forget to about our responsibilities. Sometimes when the news that come don‘t really satify us, we may get sad. That is why we have to divide our attention and emotions properly so that we don’t get disappointed when things don’t go our way or as planned. In conclusion, waiting is extremely difficult but with a right mindset you can get to have the…

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