April 5th-Week 4 Meditation: "Grant me the spirit of Patience"
Coming off a wonderful weekend, celebrating the Veneration of the Holy Cross with His Grace, Bishop Apostolos, we were offered a daffodil. The daffodil symbolizes the patience which spring forth from the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross strengthens us and propels into the final weeks of Great Lent. Having mediated on bad habits to avoid and virtues to embrace the first 3 weeks, we are given Patience to intentionally focus on.
Patience is the state of restraint when we are tested and tempted to become reactionary to people or events in our lives. The Cross reminds us that, with patience, there is a resurrection to come. Just as death is not an end, but a steppingstone to Paradise, patience is the bud on a tree branch which will blossom into a colorful flower in the weeks to come. Any relationship or worthy goal without patience will fail if we do not allow God to work through us. Our relationship with Jesus Christ and our Lenten journey is no different.
Covid-19 has tested all our patience this past year. At different times we may feel that we have even given up, feeling deflated and disenchanted. As we have an apparent light at the end of the tunnel, let our meditation on patience allow us to look beyond covid and begin to focus on healing our children, families, community and ourselves.
Let us meditate on patience every morning for a few minutes. If we do, I assure you we will find dozens of opportunities to practice it throughout the day, every day. Do this for a week and you will find God working through you to blossom and enrich relationships in your life, especially the one that matters most, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.