A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
May 24, 2020
Patience: Virtue and Challenge
May 2, 2020
In this Sunday’s Second Reading from the First Letter of St. Peter, we hear an important message about being patient: “If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.” What a beautiful message of how being patient for doing good is grace, and it is grace that serves to bring us closer to God, to realize his presence in our daily lives. So, adhering to what we as a society have been asked to do for the greater good of all, can gift us with the grace of God and in that we must be grateful. However, complying during a pandemic with all that we are being asked to do, asked to give up, asked to postpone or cancel is a challenge and may not “feel” like grace at all. We are challenged to be patient. Patience is a virtue defined as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset”. How fitting that definition in light of our experiencing a pandemic. Do you feel you have the capacity to tolerate all that we are facing in our world today? Do you find yourself filled with anxiety or anger?
Are you feeling a sense of loss and uncertainty? To be sure, this past month has moved us as a society to a place we have never been before. Oh, we have heard of pandemics, perhaps in a history book back in the fourth or fifth grade.
But today we are living it. Today we are struggling as a people to understand just how we will survive a pandemic and we may be filled with anxiety about what will follow. Will it happen again soon? Will living through pandemics become a normal part of life? Or is this a once in a lifetime occurrence? We simply do not know the answers. We are being called to be patient and endure this. One important and comforting thing to know is that we are not alone. We are experiencing this new phenomenon in the company of all people of the world and of course with the promise that
Jesus Christ walks with us! St. Peter reminds us that if we are patient as we experience suffering, we are following in the footsteps of Jesus who suffered so greatly and with great patience for us. Examining the definition of virtue may inspire us all to desire to be virtuous people: “behavior that shows a high moral standard, a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person.” Let us together take time to work on the virtue of patience in this very trying time. Let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus, called to live and experience life as he did when he walked among us. Dear Jesus, instill in me a desire to be a more patient person in all aspects of my life. Teach me to rely on your grace to strengthen me as I struggle to accept the changes in our world. Open my eyes to see how I might grow from this experience. Guide me in right ways and grant me peace knowing that you are forever with me. In your holy name I thank you, I praise you and I pray. Amen. Have a blessed week,