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.
Images of the word and fruitfulness and its opposite dominated the Liturgy of the Word yesterday, the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The second reading, above, reminds that this is not a matter only for disciples, even for humans only. We have a privileged place but Paul says creation too longs for completion and fulfilment.
God made all that is and saw that it was good. In Christ it is to become better yet.. and we have our part to play in this – through our cooperation with God’s re-creative urge and by our patience.
- How did you play your part yesterday?
- And what might you do today?
Tomb of Paul Cézanne, Aix en Provence. (c) 2014, Allen Morris