FIRST READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (Romans 8:18-25)
Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

Brethren: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; 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 to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning with labour pains together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm126:1-2ab.2cd-3.4-5.6 (R.3a)
R/.  What great deeds the Lord worked for us!

When the Lord brought back the exiles of Sion,
we thought we were dreaming.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter;
on our tongues, songs of joy. R/.

Then the nations themselves said,
“What great deeds the Lord worked for them!”
What great deeds the Lord worked for us!
Indeed, we were glad. R/.

R/.  What great deeds the Lord worked for us!

Bring back our exiles, O Lord,
as streams in the south.
Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.  R/.

They go out, they go out, full of tears,
bearing seed for the sowing;
they come back, they come back with a song,
bearing their sheaves. R/.

ALLELUIA  Matthew11:25
Alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia.

GOSPEL               
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke13:15-21)
The seed grew and became a tree.”

At that time: Jesus said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

Today’s Reflection
Suffering is part of our Christian vocation. Life is full of suffering and pain but also full of joy and happiness. Christian suffering has a redemptive/salvific purpose. We suffer in order to identify and participate in the suffering of Christ. We gain salvation in return only when we patiently go through the pain that comes our way. We experience joy deep down within when we suffer for the sake of Christ, either by unjust treatment or lies peddled against one. There is hope of God’s glory in moments of unfortunate events. This makes it possible for us not to see suffering as God’s punishment or condemnation but rather, as a way by which he draws us closer to himself.

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