One of the great 12th century mystics, Shams Tabrizi, once said: What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be short sighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never run out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.


The readings today are very interesting. At a deeper level, they speak to us about our daily, personal journeys towards healing and wholeness. Interior journeys that require of us a spirit of patient surrender and letting go. The philosopher, Simone de Beauvoir was very alarmed when she saw an elderly, and rather decrepit woman, walking through her apartment, until she realised it was her own reflection in the mirror.


Surrendering and letting go can be challenging experiences. When we look at a flight of stairs we used to race up, and now climb with difficulty. When a dark mist seems to cloud a once clear vision. When members of our families, relatives and friends, whom we always presumed would be there, enter a new chapter of their lives in Christ, the challenge of surrendering and letting go can take on a new meaning. This journey of patient surrendering and letting go is part of our human journeys.


Hopefully, we can address both in our Sunday homily and in our next Lenten session.

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