I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free.
The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 15th Sunday of the Year, re-engages us with Paul’s vision of the restoration, completion, of Creation that is offered in Jesus Christ. It is offered to us in a unique way through our participation in the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Waiting… It is not always an easy thing to do. Eager waiting, especially, can be an exhausting thing. But we are not waiting without nothing else to do… The Gospel of the Day reminds of the work in clearing the ground, of preparing as best we can for that which is beyond our own achievement, but which through inaction and ennui we just could thwart…
Detail of Tabernacle surround (Stephen Foster). Our Lady, St John’s Wood. (c) 2011, Allen Morris.