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Today’s Readings – Wednesday of week 30 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Rom 8:26-30

Today’s reading follows immediately on yesterday’s. Paul continues his message of encouragement and hope.

"In the same way the Spirit comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words.” Just as we saw that hope sustains the believer in his suffering, so the Spirit also is with him when he prays. Earlier Paul had spoken of the believer “groaning", now it is the Spirit who “groans” as our petitions are passed on to the Father. Obviously, the Spirit does not literally “groan". It simply means that he does not communicate in words or that his thoughts cannot be expressed in human l … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Tuesday of week 30 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Rom 8:18-25
Another wonderful outburst from Paul. He has just been describing the difficulties that we face from the negative forces of our lower nature. Now he looks forward in hope not only for Christians but for the whole of the created world.
Today’s … Continue


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