MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
The patience of God
Monday, 25 March 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n.
13, 27 March 2013)
God's patience was at the centre of the Mass concelebrated in
the early morning hours of 25 March, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Commenting briefly on the liturgical Readings, the Pope emphasized the “icon of
Jesus” and his mildness and patience in the description of the suffering servant
from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.
God’s patience is a mystery and it can be seen in Jesus’
attitude to Judas, the Pope recalled, referring to the story of the anointing in
Bethany according to the Gospel of John (12:1-11). God is patient like the
prodigal son’s father who waits everyday for his son to come home. And if we
think of this, applying it to each one of us, Pope Francis concluded, only one
thought can escape our hearts: thank you.
As in the past several days, on Monday morning employees in the
Vatican were invited to attend Mass with the Holy Father, including those of the
newspaper’s photo service. The Director-General of the L’Osservatore Romano, Fr
Sergio Pellini, concelebrated with the Pontiff, as well as Cardinal Raśl Eduardo
Vela Chiriboga, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, Mons. Alfred Xuereb and Mons.
Battista Ricca. Also present were Patrizio Polisca, the Pope’s private Physician,
with his family, and our Editor-in-Chief.