Awaiting in Luke

In today’s proclamation of the Passion, I noticed something new to me, a reflection in Joseph of Arimathea from the infancy narratives:

Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who, though he was a member of the council, had not consented to their plan of action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdom of God. (23:50-51)

Awaiting. Or waiting. It is so hard. We want to ask, “Are we there yet?”

Remember the temple visited by the Holy Family, Simeon in 2:25, Anna in 2:38? Those are the easy ones. 

Faithful servants in the 12:35-48 parable are also lauded by the Lord for patience in waiting for the bridegroom:

(B)e like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. (36-37)

I’ve always thought this a curious turn, a foretelling of Jesus’ actions at the Last Supper in John 13. Why was waiting such an important and praised part of Judaism at the time of Jesus? Did he wish to preserve that sense of expectation, a sense of hope for his disciples?

Image by Giotto at the Cappella Scrovegni a Padova, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=94614

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Awaiting in Luke

  1. Liam says:

    Hebrews 11:13.

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