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Have patience in prayer, as God has patience with us, Pope urges

June 28, 2013

In his homily at a weekday Mass on June 28, Pope Francis said that the patient should be patient in their prayers, as God is patient with his people.

The day’s Scripture readings told two contrasting stories, the Pope observed: about Abraham’s long wait for a son, and Jesus’ sudden curing of a leper. “When the Lord intervenes,” the Pope remarked, “He does not always do so in the same way.”

"The Lord always chooses His way to enter into our lives,” the Pontiff continued. “Often He does so slowly, so much so, we are in danger of losing our patience, a little.” He observed that often when we do not receive a favor for which we are praying, we become both impatient and skeptical. Still “the Lord takes his time,” the Pope said; He does not answer to our schedule.

However, while He requires patience of the faithful, God has infinite patience with us, Pope Francis reminded his congregation. “He waits for us,” the Pope said, and Jesus waits for us on the Cross.


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