Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! — Psalm 137:6
Snug the Joiner describes himself as “slow of study,” in Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” When it comes to spiritual matters, I’m often in Snug’s company. One day as I was recounting a new dilemma to my spiritual director, she looked at me with great wisdom and said, “You’ve been here before.” My concern wasn’t new at all but rather familiar territory that we’d discussed repeatedly.
Today’s alternate Gospel (Jn 9:1-41) contains a host of characters, many of whom are very slow of study. Perhaps God made sure this passage was included to encourage us when we feel as if our spiritual progress is slow and laborious. At least 13 questions are asked and answered in today’s passage. Some of the same questions are repeated more than once. Patience is required all around.
Prayer: Redeemer God, grant me the patience to persevere on my journey to You.