Monday 17 February 2014

Patience, and wisdom

From the Letter of James, this morning: try to treat your trials as a happy privilege; you undertsand that your faith is only put to the test to make you patient, but patience too is to have its practical results so that you will become fully-developed, complete, with nothing missing. Wow, I said to myself. I had no idea patience was so sublime: fully-developed, complete, with nothing missing. Three descriptions, one better than the other. Patience as the crowning point in the edifice of ... holiness, becoming like Jesus.

And again: If any of you needs wisdom, he must ask God, who gives to all freely and ungrudgingly; it will be given to him. But ask with faith, without a trace of doubt. (See Jam 1:1-11)

So I ask, both for patience, and for wisdom.

Even though Jesus does seem a tiny bit impatient in the gospel reading of the day when, so soon after the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish, and the curing of the deaf and dumb man, the Pharisees come asking for a sign. "With a sigh that came straight from his heart," he answers them: Why does this generation ask for a sign? I tell you solemnly, no sign shall be given to this generation. And he gets into the boat and goes off. (Mk 8:11-13)

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