Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
As it is written:
For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 109: 21-22, 26-27, 30-31
R. (26b) Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
Do you, O GOD, my Lord, deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;
in your generous mercy rescue me;
For I am wretched and poor,
and my heart is pierced within me.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
Help me, O LORD, my God;
save me, in your mercy,
And let them know that this is your hand;
that you, O LORD, have done this.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
I will speak my thanks earnestly to the LORD,
and in the midst of the throng I will praise him,
For he stood at the right hand of the poor man,
to save him from those who would condemn his soul.
R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said,
“Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
He replied, “Go and tell that fox,
‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day,
for it is impossible that a prophet should die
outside of Jerusalem.’
you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
how many times I yearned to gather your children together
as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
but you were unwilling!
Behold, your house will be abandoned.
But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)
We all have our share of problems and tragedies in life, no matter how big or small.
When I was younger, I used to question the things that made living difficult. Why did my school’s morning ceremony start as early as 6:45 in the morning? Why was I getting low grades when I spent more time studying compared to my classmates? Why wasn’t I understood by the people around me? All of these experiences, I considered as hardships.
Now on my second year in college and having been brought closer to the Lord more than ever through the youth ministry, I have understood that sacrifice and suffering cannot be avoided.
Problems are part of life, and God only wants us to learn from these. He has made me realize that He would not give me anything I could not solve. I am reassured that He will be with me through every trial as He encourages me to completely submit and surrender my all to Him.
Today’s Word reminds us that our Jesus Christ has already won the victory for us for He is bigger than all our struggles and worries. He is with us amidst adversity and difficulty, and by His grace we can overcome them. In the end, nothing could ever separate us from His great love.
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