A reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans Romans 8:18-23
Brothers and sisters: I think that our sufferings in this life can never be compared to the glory not yet shown to us. All creation waits with excited wish for God to show His children to the world. It was not the fault of creation that it failed; that was planned by God. But there is the hope that creation itself will one day be freed from ruin and slavery and share the freedom and glory that belong to the children of God.
We know that everything in creation has been waiting in pain, like a woman ready to give birth. We have the gifts of the Spirit but we wait. And not only creation waits, we also wait with inner pain for our bodies to be freed and receive redemption.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God