Meditation for Tuesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time, Year B
(Rm 8:18-25; Lk 13:18-21)

Why is it that things do not always go the way we want? Even as children of God, and despite our detailed plans and visions, we often encounter obstacles along the way of life. And these restrictions come to us as suffering! In itself, suffering speaks the language of hopelessness, which is where its pain bites the more. We want to be healthy, but sickness comes as an obstacle; we want to live, but death restricts our life, etc. And these restrictions are there in every aspect of our lives. St Paul answers this troubling question by welcoming suffering into creation itself. Since suffering has entered creation through the fall of man, God, the author of life, did not remove the suffering but changed its hopelessness with hope.

God placed a greater glory at the end of suffering! “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” The obstacles and restrictions in life are no more ends in themselves, but the processes of revealing the glory of God and the manifestation of the victorious children of God. In other words, those obstacles turn our minds to God and increase our hunger for His glory. “For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage of decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.”

God does not allow the human will to prevail; if we always get what we want then we do not need His grace to live. And man will be worshiping himself and his achievements. St explains that the whole creation is groaning in labor pains, and even the children of God groan inwardly as they await the redemption. This is the will of God since He used these inward groanings to retain us to Himself, and to reveal His greater glory, such that we always look forward in hope for His grace and redemption. “For in this hope we were saved.” This living hope becomes the energy with which we confront the obstacles and restrictions of each day. This hope is sown like a little mustard seed, which grows to yield the Kingdom of God; “And birds of their made their nests in its branches.”

St Evaristus, pray for us.

Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Tedi-Muwo, Lagos.
Tuesday, October 26th, 2021.


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