Mass Readings: 1 Peter 1:3-9/Mark 10:17-27

Instant Gratification

On most evenings I blitz through half a dozen local newspaper and television news sites on the Internet. Now watching the news on television seems too slow. (And, please, spare me the news anchor-weather reporter banter.) I freely confess I’ve fallen victim to society’s continuing trend toward instant gratification.

Then along comes today’s first reading: “Now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Some things — like living the faith day by day, and discovering and doing God’s will — take time. And suffering “through various trials” seems to last more than “a little while.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, give me patience. Now! Or, at least, soon.