June 20, Thursday Weekday
Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth. — Psalm 111:7
Mass Readings: 2 Corinthians 11:1-11/Matthew 6:7-15
To Repeat Myself . . .
I don’t remember ever reading one of the verses from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Maybe it’s a revised translation, but I love it: “Please put up with me.” It’s as if the apostle is admitting he’s harping away on the same points and talking a little bit too long, but . . . Please? It’s because of his concern for that community of believers. It’s because he so much believes what he so wants them to learn and live.
There are people in my life — a neighbor when I’m out walking, a parishioner who stops me after Mass, a family member at a gathering — who want to talk when I just want to keep going. Unlike St. Paul, they don’t bluntly say “Please put up with me” but what they have to say, to share, and may be even more important for me to hear than it is for them to say. Love demands patience. And with patience come wisdom.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me slow down and listen.
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