“Let them grow together until harvest….” Matthew 13:30
This passage reminds us of our Christian faith’s more challenging demand – being patient with one another. As we are often painfully aware, we walk with and share lives with both those who live by faith and share our Christian values as well as with those who do not. A challenge to be sure, but yet an opportunity at the same time. These are opportunities to live out our baptismal call, to grow in faith, and to introduce others, by our words and actions, to the joys we have found in Jesus.
We recognize the need for patience through the study of our environments, we grow in holiness by exercising it, and we show others the way of Christ by embracing it. Our piety is on full display in our struggle for patience. Our unsettled world needs us to embrace the struggle. From patience grows humility, compassion, and peace.
We may think of patience as a passive effort, but, as we all know, being patient with others, and the disappointments we face is often not easy – it’s hard work. We ask for God’s grace to help us to be patient, to live in harmony with all, loving and charitably helping those in need of His care and mercy.
The Christmas Season and the holiday festivities are now behind us. But the Joy of a fresh awareness of God with us in the Nativity, in the Magi’s journey, and in our Lord’s own baptism lives on – May they remain through the New Year.
As Cursillistas filled with renewed spirit, let us enter this new decade of 2020 with hope for a more patient, peaceful, and just world.