Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
(Romans 8:18-25; Luke 13:18-21)
The 62-year old worker talked of retirement. He was suffering from two arthritic knees that needed replacement. He also had a pinched nerve in his shoulder. It was obviously painful for the man to do a full day’s work. Many people have difficulty growing old. Even trusting Christians like St. Paul begin to wonder when they see their bodies failing.
Paul writes of all creation “groaning in labor pains.” It waits patiently for the redemption promised by the resurrection of Jesus. Humans, made in the image of God, have the most to hope for. They will assume spiritual bodies like their Redeemer’s that will not age or experience pain.
Two thousand years is a long time to have waited for redemption. But who is to say that it will not take another two thousand or perhaps two million years? In the meantime we, given the firstfruits of the Holy Spirit, keep the faith. We love our neighbor and care for the poor. Most of all, we thank God for our blessings and pray for our needs. It is a good life that will be glorified when Christ returns