Leonardo daVinci once declared “Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner, you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.”
This quote helps re-orient me in times of challenge. Remembering to pray first, daVinci offers a way to recognize when to absorb a wrong doing and when to speak against injustice. If someone does me wrong, i.e. cuts me off on the highway, I'm reminded that patience will keep the event from ruling my mind. However, if a group of people are victims of abuse, I am called by God to speak the truth, God's love for all people and to treat them with justice.
Holy God, give us courage to challenge and reform the injustice in the world, the patience to absorb the personal slights as Jesus did before his his crucifixion, and the wisdom to know when to speak and act. Amen.