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<< Tuesday, October 30, 2001 >>
 
Romans 8:18-25
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Psalm 126 Luke 13:18-21
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THE MOST IMPORTANT LIVES

 
"Hoping for what we cannot see means awaiting it with patient endurance." —Romans 8:25
 

Because we:

  • have been baptized into Christ (Rm 6:3),
  • have the Trinity living within us (see Jn 17:23),
  • are royal, priestly children of God (Rm 8:16; 1 Pt 2:9),
  • are the light of the world and the salt of the earth (Mt 5:13-14), and
  • by faith can do greater works than Jesus did (Jn 14:12),

our lives are of great significance for the whole world for all times.

Nevertheless, our lives are "hidden now with Christ in God" (Col 3:3). We feel as if we have "toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent" our strength (Is 49:4). "We ourselves, although we have the Spirit as First Fruits, groan inwardly while we await the redemption of our bodies" (Rm 8:23). The effects of our lives seem a tiny seed rather than a harvest (see Lk 13:19). We feel discouraged.

However, the truth is that:

  • "The sufferings of the present" are "nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us" (Rm 8:18).
  • In hope we are "saved. But hope is not hope if its object is seen" (Rm 8:24).
  • We must "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor 5:7).
  • The Lord will multiply our little lives, if we give Him our "all" (see Mk 6:34ff; 8:1ff).

Therefore, be encouraged. Do not fear. Pray and work. "Rejoice in the Lord!" (Phil 4:4) Jesus may be coming back at any moment!

 
Prayer: Father, I offer my life and my body to You as a living sacrifice (Rm 12:1).
Promise: "Indeed, the whole created world eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God." —Rm 8:19
Praise: Feeling weary and discouraged, Zelda received refreshment and encouragement in the Word of God as it was quoted to her over the telephone.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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