May 20, 2016
(St. Bernardine of Siena)
St. James wrote, “above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,” that you may not incur condemnation.” Jas_5:9-12
Today we hear about the patience, perseverance, commitment and mercy of the Lord.
God is patient with us. Even though we seem to have such a hard time turning away from our sinfulness, God is still patient and compassionate with us.
God is persevering, especially when we seem to always miss His signs; when we tend to ignore His call to do something that we are not particularly fond of doing; when we keep on falling into that same pit of addiction or habit, God still perseveres in helping us to overcome it.
God is committed. God’s “yes” will never, ever change into a “no,” and He’s proven that through the very blood of His Son. God’s commitment of love is unchanging and everlasting.
And God has shown us His mercy when we obstinately act in opposition to Him. Even when we have gone as far as adulterating our love for God with a love for objects, or gadgets, or activities, or philosophies, God’s love is merciful.
Jesus has given us the perfect example of how we could and should be just like His Father: patient, persevering, committed and merciful with one another, and especially with our spouses.
And of course, to help us to live the community that God created us to be, on these diverse journeys of ours, He sent us the Holy Spirit. All we need do, is remember that He’s there, and pray for His guidance. And in the process, we just might
be astounded, with where He will lead us!
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