It is a pity that the editors of the Lectionary omit v36 of Chapter 8 of the Letter to the Romans from the second reading set for next Sunday.
Paul speaks from his experience of suffering for the Lord’s sake: v36 gives particular emphasis to that.
Sometimes we ourselves need to cry out naming our pains and the cost of discipleship. The missing verse might give us the courage to lament, not only to trust in the Lord, but to lament the pain and need that mars our life . Lament is not the end of it – in the tradition it leads us to praise. But to praise before we’ve had a good and honest lament can short circuit things, might even make our praise less authentic.
That said, the most important truth of which Paul speaks here is that none of these horrible and painful things can or…
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