One day a child came to her mother and said, “Mom, I simply don’t love my brother.” The mother—who generally knows all things and heard the two arguing earlier–looked at her daughter and said, “Sweetheart, you are confusing your lack of love with one behavior you didn’t like from your brother. But love is long-suffering. It is patient. What you meant to say is that you are frustrated with your brother.” The daughter went away pensive and thought long and hard about what her mom said. She later came to her mother and said: “Mom, if love suffers long, how long must love suffer?”
Our Lord Jesus daily shows his longsuffering toward us. Were it not for long patience, we would never come to his table. But today, he gives us the same answer. His love is longsuffering. Thanks be to God.