“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
compared with the glory to be revealed for us.”
What hope we have from today’s second reading. We are in a strange period on this earth where we anticipate our glorious future in heaven. But we do not just sit here and wallow in suffering, anxiety, and fear. The theologians talk about an already but not yet of redemption that should give us such great hope.
The already but not yet of redemption can be thought of with the analogy of eating food. When we eat the food we immediately taste it, but we do not receive the fullness until it is made into energy for our bodies. In the same way, we can experience a taste of redemption through Christ on this earth, but we receive the fullness when we reach heaven.
So no matter how dark or evil the world looks, we always have hope in Christ. We should work for redemption now in as much as we can participate in it, and look forward to the fullness of this redemption in heaven. This is a message worth sharing in our day and age. May God bless you and help you to share it.
Tommy Shultz is Director of Evangelization for the North Allegan Catholic Collaborative and the founder of Rodzinka Ministries. In these roles, he is committed to bringing all those he meets into a deeper relationship with Christ. Tommy has a heart and a flair for inspiring people to live their faith every day. He has worked in various youth ministry, adult ministry, and diocesan roles. He has been a featured speaker at retreats and events across the country. His mission and drive have been especially inspired by St. John Paul II’s teachings. Tommy is blessed to be able to learn from the numerous parishes he visits and pass that experience on in his presentations. With a degree in Theology from Franciscan University, Tommy hopes to use his knowledge to help all people understand the beauty of The Faith.