This passage ends with words that are unfamiliar to our post-modern culture: “patient endurance”. Many of us experience an impatient world that expects things to be done immediately, traffic to clear out of the way NOW, and people to instantly change their behaviour. There is no room for the person who steadily chips away at the paint of life – we want the blowtorch that instantly strips off anything we do not like.
In the place of this relentless pursuit of instant gratification, Jesus suggests that our lives will bear good fruit when we learn the practice of “patient endurance”. This is the recognition that most positive change in human life is incremental, and as a result of daily application. The invitation for today is to choose one aspect of your life that you want to improve, and to choose to address it every day until it become a new habit.
Ordinary 16 / Pentecost +938 Patience
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 237.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.