Pope Francis: “How often when the Lord does not intervene do we become impatient or skeptical?”

From Pope Francis’ Friday morning homily:

“The Lord always chooses His way to enter into our lives. Often He does so slowly, so much so, we are in danger of losing our patience, a little. ‘But Lord, when?’ And we pray, we pray…And He doesn’t intervene in our lives. Other times, when we think of what the Lord has promised us, that it such a huge thing, we don’t believe it, we are a little skeptical, like Abraham—and we smile a little to ourselves… This is what it says in the First Reading, Abraham hid his face and smiled…A bit of skepticism: ‘What? Me? I am almost a hundred years old, I will have a son, and my wife at 90 will have a son?’

…“How often, when the Lord does not intervene…does not do what we want Him to do, do we become impatient or skeptical?”

…“Jesus on the Cross heard them challenging him: ‘Come down, come down! Come.’ Patience until the end, because He has patience with us. He always enters, He is involved with us, but He does so in His own way and when He thinks it’s best. He tells us exactly what He told Abraham: ‘Walk in my presence and be blameless,’ be above reproach, this is exactly the right word. Walk in my presence and try to be above reproach. This is the journey with the Lord and He intervenes, but we have to wait, wait for the moment, walking always in His presence and trying to be beyond reproach. We ask this grace from the Lord, to always walk in His presence, trying to be blameless.”

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