B-3     A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans       8:14-23

Brothers and sisters:

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 
 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
       but you received a spirit of adoption,
       through which we cry, Abba, “Father!”
  The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit
       that we are children of God,
       and if children, then heirs,
      heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
      if only we suffer with him
      so that we may also be glorified with him.

  I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
      compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
 For creation awaits with eager expectation
       the revelation of the children of God;
       for creation was made subject to futility,
       not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it,
       in hope that creation itself
       would be set free from slavery to corruption
       and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
  We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
       and not only that, but we ourselves,
       who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
       we also groan within ourselves
       as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies

   The word of the Lord.