Practicing Patience and Perspective

Today’s gospel reading was Luke 19:1-10; a reading about a man named Zaccheus who opens his home to Jesus because he is asked to do so. His neighbor’s are surprised that Jesus would stay with such a man because Zaccheus is a sinner. However, Jesus says this day is salvation, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

If you take the time to read Luke 19:1-10 or were present at mass, you may have not understood the message that it was trying to portray onto us. I certainly did not, but I knew there had to be some deeper meaning to this story because scripture always does. Luckily, we had a great homily that explained what we were to take away from this reading. I can guarantee that even if you’re not of the Christian religion, that the message from this reading relates to you and you can learn from it. If the reading and the message aren’t really aligning for you, that’s okay! Sometimes it takes multiple read throughs or discussion, and I’d be glad to do so with you.

The homilist asked us to skim the reading once again and to find a word or a line that stuck out to us. One person stated the last line (above), and our homilist explained that in our lives we are all looking for something we don’t have or have lost. He wanted us to then think of something we are all looking for currently, and to think about it this week. He said in this story, that what has been lost is patience and perspective, and applied that to our modern day lives.

He asked us,”What do you want to do to someone that has wronged, angered, or upset you?” One individual said strangle the person, which is valid. Sometimes, a person angers us so much that we want to physically hurt them so they understand our anger or pain. However, the answer he was looking for? Pray for them. What exactly do we pray for them, since we are pained by whatever it is they said or did? We ask for ourselves to forgive this person, to be patient with them and ourselves, and to try and understand why they did what they did from their perspective.

This is obviously easier said than done. It’s hard to forgive, it’s hard to always practice patience especially in trying situations, and it’s hard to step in someone’s else’s shoes. But if we are able to do so, it can only transform your life and help you on your happy and healthy adventure.

I’m currently reading a book about liberating yourself from negative emotions to transform your life, and today’s chapter was about being patient with yourself and seeing the best in a situation. It also talked about viewing an event from a different point of view and respecting that viewpoint. Pretty in line with today’s gospel reading! “Patience endows you with faith in yourself and your destiny, an illuminated capacity to deal with frustration and disappointments” (Emotional Freedom, 182). Having religion to lean on really helps with finding patience. Jesus stepped in just at the right time in Zaccheus’ life; he wants to do good to make up for his wrongdoings. He finds patience and allows himself to have faith in himself and fate, and also is working towards dealing with his past frustrations and disappointments. The Lord recognizes this in Zaccheus’, which is why he tells Zaccheus that this a salvation day and that what was lost was found. The Lord also sees what Zaccheus is thinking from his perspective, which is why he stays with Zaccheus despite that he is a sinner.

We can all be more patient in our everyday life, and also see situations from another’s perspective, especially if they went sideways. Just like Zaccheus’ and the Lord are doing, if we can practice patience, we can believe in ourselves and trust that everything happens for a reason and that if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. With patience, we can gain a new perspective on situations and on life, and this can help us through our frustrations and disappointments. I hope you all gained something from this analysis on Luke 19:1-10, and that you can practice being more patient and finding new perspectives in every day life. Doing so will make your adventure just that little bit more happy and healthy, I guarantee it. 🙂 ❤

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