Posted by: livingscripture | February 3, 2013

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Love is patient.”

(1 Corinthians 13: 4)

 

How should we live this Wordlwjas0152

Paul announces, ‘Love is patient’.  Why does he give this primary importance?  It deals, above all, with the fact that God is the One who is the first to be patient in regard to me.  He is slow to anger and full of mercy.  It is He who places patient charity in me.  There is also a psychological consideration that is validated by faith.  In the present reality, we are not in a perfect situation because of original sin and the weakness that derives from it.  Because of this, we cannot pursue all the good we would like to immediately.  This is true of us and of others.

Thus, as St. Paul says, if the Lord is patient with us, how can we think to burn the stages, the rhythms of growth and conversion?  It is a fact that the first patience must be practiced with ourselves.  Those who are impatient with themselves cannot be patient with others and therefore cannot love self or others.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will stop to contemplate the icon of Jesus Crucified and I will ask myself if I know how to wait patiently or if I am discontent and impatient? 

Lord Jesus, direct my heart in Your patience so that I may access the gift of true charity. 

The Voice of Czeslaw Milotz, Polish Poet 

The measure of love is patience.

 


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