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Tuesday, October 30, 2001

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Romans 8:18-25
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