I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.)
The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today we are urged to live “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” I don’t know about you but when I read this I think, that’s a tough one, especially patience!!! Waiting in line is always a challenge for me. It activates my humanity and I can get so annoyed. A friend said to me, “you are going to wait and you can choose to be patient or impatient. But either way you are still waiting.” In the spirit of Ignatius I am learning to use waiting as a way to get closer to God. I can take a moment to breathe, to think a good thought, just slow down, or offer a kind word. Amazingly I always feel better.
Where can I be patient today? Can I bear others through love today?
Lord God, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is patience. When we have to wait, whether it is for something big or something small, increase our patience with ourselves and those around us so that we may use these times to grow closer to you. We pray this through Christ, our Lord.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
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