Scripture & Catechism

Romans 8:18-23

18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God;
20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope;
21 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now;
23 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.
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280 Creation is the foundation of "all God's saving plans," the "beginning of the history of salvation"(GCD 51) that culminates in Christ. Conversely, the mystery of Christ casts conclusive light on the mystery of creation and reveals the end for which "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth": from the beginning, God envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ.(Gen 1:1; cf. Rom 8:18-23)
400 The harmony in which they had found themselves, thanks to original justice, is now destroyed: the control of the soul's spiritual faculties over the body is shattered; the union of man and woman becomes subject to tensions, their relations henceforth marked by lust and domination.(cf. Gen 3:7-16) Harmony with creation is broken: visible creation has become alien and hostile to man.(cf. Gen 3:17, Gen 3:19) Because of man, creation is now subject "to its bondage to decay".(Rom 8:21) Finally, the consequence explicitly foretold for this disobedience will come true: man will "return to the ground",(Gen 3:19; cf. Gen 2:17) for out of it he was taken. Death makes its entrance into human history.(cf. Rom 5:12)
735 He, then, gives us the "pledge" or "first fruits" of our inheritance: the very life of the Holy Trinity, which is to love as "God (has) loved us."(1 Jn 4:12; cf. Rom 8:23; 2 Cor 1:21) This love (the "charity" of 1 Cor 13) is the source of the new life in Christ, made possible because we have received "power" from the Holy Spirit.(Acts 1:8; cf. 1 Cor 13)
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