Have you ever had to wait for a package in the mail? You spend days and days hoping it’ll arrive, and check the mail right after the mail man would be arriving each day. I know when we were preparing for our wedding, this was me every day waiting for RSVP’s. You wait, anticipate the arrival, and try your very best to practise patience. Similar to this experience, we have to practise patience in many other areas of our lives, be that waiting for a future career, a coming vacation, and especially in anticipation of the results of living lives of faith. God calls us all to seek and eventually be reunited with Him in the Kingdom. Do you practice patience in your faith?
Today's Gospel states:'As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day." And they were greatly distressed. When they came to Caper'na-um, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the tax?" He said, "Yes." And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?" And when he said, "From others," Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself"'(Matthew 17:22-27).
Today’s Gospel talks about how Jesus is telling the disciples about the time ahead, where they would lose him for three days, and on the third day he’d be raised up, reunited with them, with God. There is a silver lining just beyond the clouds, as with every barrier we may face, every time we need to practice patience. Think about that excitement you feel after simply waiting for some mail, waiting for a trip, a big event to finally come. We should constantly be living with this excitement in our hearts, on our minds for the coming of Christ again. Take some time to ask God to help you practice patience in every area of your life.
Today’s prayer comes from 'Crosswalk' a prayer for patience in my life:
Lord, I miss the way we used to be. It’s my fault, I know. I haven’t had the patience to rest at your feet and meditate on your Word. I’ve been too impatient to wait on your will. I’ve gotten used to making things happen right now instead of waiting on you to guide my steps.
Bring me back to those days when I hungered for your plans. Give me the patience to linger in your presence. Pause my racing thoughts and self-imposed time limits. Thank you for being the only one who can truly take away my urge to do life by myself. Thank you for showing me that putting you first is what’s best for me. Amen.