COR THOUGHTS 171: The Vision Still Has Its Time; Wait for it!

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In this Sunday’s first reading, the Prophet Habakkuk complains boldly and loudly that the Lord is not listening to his cry. He sees violence, destruction, ruin, misery, strife, and discord all around him, but the Lord seems to do nothing. Who can’t relate? Look around our world today. Do we not see the same? And we needn’t look far. Our own lives are often full of strife, ruin, discord, and violence. Look at the sexual and relational ruin and chaos all around us and within our own families! Do we, like Habakkuk, cry out to the Lord: “How long, O Lord? How long!?” We should. And even if it seems like the Lord is asleep on the boat, he will, at the right time, in the right way – a way that far exceeds anything we could hope for or imagine – answer our cry. “For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment…” What vision? The vision of God revealed through the human body. This is how God fully reveals himself – through the mystery of masculinity and femininity, through the very mystery under such violent attack today. At the beginning of the Gospel, we have the Son of God, a male child, born of a woman. And at the end, a great sign will appear in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun and pregnant with eternal life for all who are open to the gift. This is the vision that “will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come…”