TRUST IN THE SLOW WORK OF GOD
Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit who works with the gangsters in Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. He has written a very touching book titled ‘Tattoos on the Heart’, an amazingly sensitive and inspiring story of how human beings change. The subtitle of the book says it all: ‘the power of boundless compassion’. One of the chapters of the book is titled ‘Slow Work’and in it he quotes Teilhard de Chardin, ‘we must trust in the slow work of God’. Boyle adds, ‘ours is a God who waits. Who are we not to? It takes what it takes for the great turnaround. Wait for it’. The book is full of stories of homies (gangsters) who changed for the better not when he wanted them to, but in their own time. God’s own time.
On June 28, I celebrated the twelfth Death Anniversary of my mother. When she died of cancer at the age of 76, we, her children and close relatives,experienced in her and in our family a change which we had prayed for over a quarter-century. It had seemed our prayers will never work. But it did. In His time.Let us believe in the slow work of God.
Fr. M K George SJ