Pope Francis: Have patience, trust in God’s mysterious ways

(Romereports.com) During his daily morning Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis talked about patience. He called on Christians to trust God and His mysterious ways.
Sometimes God intervenes in one’s life immediately, he explained, but other times, the virtue of patience is needed.

POPE FRANCIS
“The Lord takes his time. But even He, in this relationship with us, has a lot of patience. We too have to show patience: He has it! He waits for us! And He waits for us until the end of our life! Think of the good thief, right at the end, at the very end, he acknowledged God. The Lord walks with us, but often does not reveal Himself, as in the case of the disciples of Emmaus. The Lord is involved in our lives – that’s for sure! – But often we do not see this. This calls for our patience. But the Lord who walks with us, also has a lot of patience with us.’”

Before ending, he highlighted that just like the Lord is patient, Christians too, have to show patience with God’s intervention.

PARTIAL HOMILY
Source (Vatican Radio)

“The Lord always chooses His way to enter into our lives. Often He does so slowly, so much so, we are in danger of losing our ‘patience’, a little. But Lord, when? ‘And we pray, we pray … And He doesn’t intervene in our lives. Other times, when we think of what the Lord has promised us, that it such a huge thing, we don’t believe it, we are a little skeptical, like Abraham – and we smile a little to ourselves … This is what it says in the First Reading, Abraham hid his face and smiled … A bit ‘of skepticism:’ What? Me? I am almost a hundred years old, I will have a son and my wife at 90 will have a son? ‘.

How often, when the Lord does not intervene, does not perform, does not do what we want Him to do, do we become impatient or skeptical?

But He does not, He cannot for skeptics. The Lord takes his time. But even He, in this relationship with us, has a lot of patience. Not only do we have to have patience: He has! He waits for us! And He waits for us until the end of life! Think of the good thief, right at the end, at the very end, he acknowledged God. The Lord walks with us, but often does not reveal Himself, as in the case of the disciples of Emmaus. The Lord is involved in our lives – that’s for sure! – But often we do not see. This demands our patience. But the Lord who walks with us, He also has a lot of patience with us.
Jesus on the Cross, heard them challenging him: ‘Come down, come down! Come ‘. Patience until the end, because He has patience with us. He always enters, He is involved with us, but He does so in His own way and when He thinks it’s best. He tells us exactly what He told Abraham: Walk in my presence and be blameless’, be above reproach, this is exactly the right word. Walk in my presence and try to be above reproach. This is the journey with the Lord and He intervenes, but we have to wait, wait for the moment, walking always in His presence and trying to be beyond reproach. We ask this grace from the Lord, to always walk in His presence, trying to be blameless’.

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