From today’s Gospel: ‘He who endures to the end will be saved’. St John Chrysostom commented: ‘Wherefore also He said, “He that endures to the end, the same shall be saved”. That is, because the more part are wont at the beginning indeed to be vehement, but afterwards to faint, therefore says He, I require the end. For what is the use of seeds, flourishing indeed at first, but a little after fading away? Therefore it is continued patience that He requires of them. I mean, lest any say, He wrought the whole Himself, and it was no wonder that they should prove such, suffering as they did nothing intolerable; therefore He says unto them, there is need also of patience on your part. For though I should rescue you from the first dangers, I am reserving you for others more grievous, and after these again others will succeed; and you shall not cease to have snares laid for you, so long as you have breath. For this He intimated in saying, “But he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved”’.
May we be granted the gift of patience, that quality of enduring under the ordinary load of the day as well as in specially challenging moments, and may God bless you this day.