St John Chrysostom wrote, commenting on the passage from Romans which forms part of our New Testament reading today: ‘“The sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”. Here, however, he does not allow that the afflictions were light; but still he mingles comfort with them by the compensation which good things to come afford, in the words, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared”, and he does not say, with the rest that is to come, but what is much greater, “with the glory which is to come” … As also in another place he said in clearer words, “Our life is hid with Christ in God”. Be then of a good heart about it. … For these sufferings, whatever they are, are attached to our present life; but the blessings to come reach themselves out over ages without end’.
‘Be then of a good heart …’ As the Psalmist sang: ‘Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the Lord!’ May God’s gift of courage fill your heart in whatever awaits you this day, and may He bless you.