Thought of the Day June 30, 2020 Patience of God with us

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Pope Francis has said: “The patience of God accompanies and waits for us. If we look at the history of salvation we can see the ‘patience of God, our Father,’ who has led and carried His ‘stubborn people’ forward each time they strayed one way or the other.”  Even though God would call them back to their covenant commitment, they would continue to do abominable things. He would chastise them, but never abandon them, because his patience is ever lasting.

“The patience of God is a mystery! How much patience he has with us! We do so many things, but He is patient. God is patient like the prodigal son’s father who waits every day for his son to come home.”  God treats us in the same way. How patient has God been with us through our life’s journey? The Second Letter of Perter reminds us: "The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard ‘delay,’ but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (3:9). God has every right to end our relationship with him because of our many sins and the hardness of our hearts. Instead, God graces us and waits patiently for our return.

What should our response be? Repentance and Gratitude. The fruit of God’s patience will be our return to him and remaining one with and in him.

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