Today is Tuesday the 26 October, in the 30th week of Ordinary time.
Josh Garrels sings ‘Creation Song’.
Today’s reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Romans.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Paul speaks in our passage today about the ‘whole of creation’. Take a moment to imagine your place in creation now, using today’s imagery to help you.. How do you see creation? Perhaps you picture living creatures…animals…vegetation…human beings, both our physical bodies and inner worlds…the planets and stars; the cells and microbes…all created by God… where are you in the scale of things?
‘For the creation waits with eager longing……. We know that the whole creation has been groaning’.You are part of this longing…this groaning. Does this resonate with you? Sit with these phrases and notice what stirs…what happens in your body? Your heart?
As you listen to the reading again, enter even further into St Paul’s language and imagery, joining yourself with creation’s experience of longing…
‘But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.’ Are you waiting on or longing for the Lord in a particular way today? Talk to God about whatever has stirred in you during your reflections…
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.