February 11, 2009

Patience is... you know

Therefore, be constant in practicing every virtue, and especially in imitating the patience of our dear Jesus, for this is the summit of pure love. - Saint Paul of the Cross

This is easier said than done. Patience is a difficult virtue to cultivate.

Patience is not the same as gullibility, stupidity, or inaction. God does not just keep trying again; He changes the approach. In the Bible, we see mankind messing up the relationship over and over, and each time, God tries again. He sets down the laws more clearly, He sends prophets, He establishes priesthoods. And, in the New Testament, He sends His Son to us.

In this coming Sunday's Gospel reading (Mk 1:40-45), Jesus' patience is tested by the throngs coming to Him for healing. Mark's Gospel has a sense of urgency - everything is done "immediately". On this point, I'm going to defer. There is nothing I can say about this word that Amy Wellborn hasn't covered in a post about the passing of her husband and Catholic author, Michael Dubruiel: Euthus. I highly recommend you click through and read her thoughts - and offer a prayer for Michael.

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