Have you forgotten that encouraging text in which you are addressed as sons? My son, when the Lord corrects you, do not treat it lightly; but do not get discouraged when he reprimands you. For the Lord trains the ones that he loves and he punishes all those that he acknowledges as his sons.
Suffering is part of your training; God is treating you as his sons. Has there ever been any son whose father did not train him? Of course, any punishment is most painful at the time, and far from pleasant; but later, in those on whom it has been used, it bears fruit in peace and goodness.
So hold up your limp arms and steady your trembling knees and smooth out the path you tread; then the injured limb will not be wrenched, it will grow strong again.
2nd Reading for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
God made us good and that goodness continues…
However that goodness is often, too often, buried under a lot of other stuff that is not good. And, as St Paul notes, often we want to do good but find we fail…
But we are not alone, and left to our own devices – not ever, not even when it feels that way. The Lord is for us and with us. Emmanuel, God with us, even when we cannot see, feel, his presence…
- Pray for those who experience loneliness, that they may benefit from your love and know the Lord’s goodness.
Photograph (c) 2014, Allen Morris. Holy Door, St Mary Major, Rome.