Scripture Reading: Colossians. 1:11
A Chinese adage says, “One moment of patience may ward off great disaster, one moment of impatience may ruin a whole life” In life, we are faced with different challenges and difficulties. These hard times seem to weigh us down and sometimes, they can lead us into doubting the existence and power of God. We begin to worry and get disturbed; seeking solutions to what we may consider to be evil turns and manipulation of the devil in our lives. In situations like these, our faith is tested and we find Christians visiting places they should not visit and consulting those that they should not consult, simply because they wish to put an end to their sufferings. It is also very common to find people attributing difficulties to bad luck; sometimes as a consequence of their sins and at other times, as a result of some spiritual manipulations somewhere. The certainty of suffering and difficulty in the life of Christians is founded on the nature of man himself and the nature of his environment; both are imperfect and incomplete.
This is not to deny the fact that there are evil men and evil spirits who can inflict pain and all manner of difficulties on Christians. The interest here is to help a child of God to move beyond being carried away by the cause of his pains, and to imbibe the right attitude in the face of these problems. St. Paul in his letter, advised the Colossians to “…be made strong with all the strength which comes from His glorious power, so that you may be able to endure everything with patience” (Col. 1:11).
Our duty in the face of the mysteries of life is to trust in God. St. Augustine says, “Patience is the companion of wisdom”; while Pope St. Gregory the Great says, “Patience is the root and guardian of all virtues”. Shepherd of Hermas concludes thus: “Be long –suffering and prudent, and you will obtain the mastery over wickedness and accomplish all justice.” Many may want the virtue of enduring all things but only a significant few succeed. So pray for it.
MASS: GREEN Wis. 1:1-7;Ps 139:1-3.4-6.7-9-10(R.24b); AcclPhil 2:15d.16a; Lk 17:1-6
1. Thank God for the gift of life and for the privilege of today’s reflection.
2. Ask God to forgive you for the many times you sought solutions from wrong places due to impatient.
3. Pray for the grace to always resort to God as your final bus stop.
4. Pray for as many people who are suffering around the world.
5. Pray for the grace never to lose faith in the face of suffering.
Exercise: Identify a problem in your life that has posed as a cross to you and commit it into the cares of God. Watch out for the answer
Meditation: Matt. 11:28