Week of November 25 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Romans 8:38-39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Day 1 Read: Romans 8:18-22

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 

Reflect: How did Paul keep the sufferings of this present time in perspective? What is the good news for us in these verses?

Consider: Paul reminds the Roman Christians that, though suffering is a sign of authentic Christian experience, it is only a transition to the assured glory that awaits them in the eschaton. Although Christians have been freed from the baleful influence of sin and death, in being received into the new life of the risen Christ through his Spirit, mortality is still part of the human lot, and it often brings suffering, as it did in the case of Christ Jesus himself. [1]

Respond: How does the promise of future glory help you endure the pain of waiting for Jesus’ return?

[1] Joseph A. Fitzmyer S.J., Romans: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, vol. 33, Anchor Yale Bible (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2008), 506.