Hope of transformation

All creation is groaning…
Romans 8: 22 

Today’s readings (Romans 8: 18-25; Luke 13: 18-21) are full of hope, reminding us of the marvelous power of God to transform all things.

Yesterday in our weekly devotional in Caritas someone said that we are all sinners by nature. I didn’t say anything directly, but I think this view forgets that when God made all things, God saw that they were very good.

Yes, there is sin. That is the source of the evil and much of the suffering around us. But God made us in the divine image – and how can that be evil.

We talk about original sin – and rightly so. The sin of thinking ourselves in control, making ourselves like gods, affects all humanity and all creation.

But the promise is that glory will be revealed in us. As Paul wrote, “I consider that the sufferings of the present time cannot be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8: 18)

Some might see this as a promise of glory after death. But I wonder if God’s glory is not also made manifest this side of the grave.

And in the Gospel Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard see and to leaven – small, yet capable of greatness and of transformation. A little yeast can transform a seemingly lifeless mass of dough into a great light loaf of bread.

There are signs of God’s glory all around us: the family that struggles to care for children with special needs, the farmer who struggles in the field every day to feed the family, the mother who gives birth to a children and nourishes the child at the breast, the young doctor and his wife who give a year to work among the poor before he goes into residency, the child who shares her candy with a stranger.

These are not types. They are persons I know who have shown me the Glory of God, even in the midst of pain and poverty.

Today, let our hearts me open to see where God is letting creation give birth to hope, to new life, to “the redemption of our bodies” – not just in the future, but now.


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