We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose.
They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers.
He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.
The Second reading for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
What a marvellously optimistic and hopeful assertion from St Paul: ‘We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him…’
We are not in this alone! And everything has a potential of being powerful for our God, by God’s care… even sin…
There might be a temptation just go with the flow: hearing the call, allowing the justification, and welcoming the glory. But how mean-spirited we would be. When we know how powerfully God loves and words for our salvation, surely we will want to cooperate to the fullest we can manage…
Reredos, San Jeronimo, Granada. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.