Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans.

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are called children of God.  For the Spirit that God has given you does not enslave you and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit we cry out, “Abba!”  God’s Spirit joins to our spirit to declare that we are God’s children.  And if we are children, we are heirs as well: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, sharing in Christ’s suffering and sharing in Christ’s glory.

The Word of God recorded in the first letter of Paul to the Romans.