MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
The mystery of God’s patience
Friday, 28 June 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n.
27, 3 July 2013)
The Lord asks us
to be patient; after all he is patient with us. Moreover there is no “set
protocol” for how God intervenes in our lives: sometimes immediately, sometimes
we just have to have a little patience. This was the theme of the Pope’s homily.
The Lord gradually entered the life of Abraham, who was 99 years old when he
was promised a son. Then the Pope immediately turned to the account of the
leper: Jesus listened to his prayer, touched him and performed a miracle.
“When the Lord intervenes”, said the Pope, “he does not always do so in the
same way. There is no ‘set protocol’ for God’s action in our life... it does not
exist”. He added, “he intervenes in one way, later in another” but he always
“The Lord always chooses his way to enter into our lives. Often he does so
slowly, so slowly that we are in danger of losing our patience a little. But
Lord, when? And we pray.... Or when we think of what the Lord has promised us,
that it such a huge thing, we do not believe it, we are somewhat skeptical, like
Abraham. A bit of skepticism: What? Me? I am almost a hundred years old, how
will I and my wife at 90 have a son?
Sarah is equally skeptical. Do we become impatient or skeptical? The Pope
said “How often, when the Lord does not intervene... does not do what we want
him to do”.
“But he does not, he cannot for skeptics. The Lord takes his time. But even
he, in this relationship with us, has a lot of patience. He waits for us! And he
waits for us until the end of life! Think of the good thief, right at the end,
at the very end, he acknowledged God. The Lord walks with us, but often does not
reveal himself, as in the case of the disciples of Emmaus. The Lord is involved
in our lives — that's for sure! — But often we do not see. This demands our
patience. But the Lord who walks with us, he also has a lot of patience with
The Pope turned his thoughts to “the mystery of God's patience, who in
walking, walks at our pace”. Sometimes in life, he noted, “things become so
dark, there is so much darkness, that we want — if we are in trouble — to come
down from the cross”. This, he said, “is the precise moment: the night is at its
darkest, when dawn is about to break. And when we come down from the Cross, we
always do so just five minutes before our liberation comes, at the very moment
when our impatience is greatest”.
“Jesus on the Cross, heard them challenging him: ‘Come down, come down!
Come’. Patience until the end, because he has patience with us. He always
enters, he is involved with us, but he does so in his own way and when he thinks
it’s best. He tells us exactly what he told Abraham: Walk in my presence and be
blameless, be above reproach, this is exactly the right word. Walk in my
presence and try to be above reproach. This is the journey with the Lord and he
intervenes, but we have to wait, wait for the moment, walking always in his
presence and trying to be beyond reproach. We ask this grace from the Lord, to
walk always in his presence, trying to be blameless”.