Hope

Life is tough. I don’t even want to list things, you get the picture. Heck, even Lupe and Kendrick Lamar get it. No more do we have to “prove” that the world isn’t going to satisfy us. This world is unfair. And we all recognize that.

This isn’t the way that it was supposed to be. Who’s going to argue with that? We all know that living in peace and harmony is possible. It all comes down to loving. This selfish “pleasure and wealth gospel” that we’ve been fed from those in power doesn’t satisfy us. We just had an election. What are the issues? The economy. That was the issue. That’s it. Isn’t there anything else that we value anymore?

The shooting. God bless them all. That’s horrible. And like Propaganda said, I ain’t got an answer. Give it a listen. Awesome song, amazing final message at the end.

Listen to our president’s words in the aftermath of the shooting.

I think this is the most proud I’ve ever been to have him as president. He isn’t perfect. I don’t agree with many of his policies, in fact some of them threaten Catholics like me. But that was genuine remorse. I absolutely loved what he said:

“This is our first task, caring for our children. Our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how as a society, we will be judged.”

Our president got it right! What comes first is not the money, but caring for others, especially those who have most need of it! Protecting them and making sure that they have the rights that they deserve. Perhaps one day President Obama will put into practice his words and end all government funding of abortion, and lead the charge to guarantee the rights of all human beings to live, whether in the womb, out of it, or on their deathbed.

But either way, the world goes on. And evil happens. God gave us all free will, and unfortunately we all choose to sin sometimes. Some people sin more than others, in worse ways than others. So how can we have hope? Where does our hope come from? Surely, we all will suffer and deal with adversity at some point in our lives. Why should we keep going? Why should we strive to make the world a better place?

We can learn a lot from Jesus. Sometimes it is hard to remember, Jesus lived in the same world as we do (that’s what’s so awesome about Christmas! God humbled Himself enough to be with us in order to sacrifice Himself for us!). He had it as bad as anyone, not only was He killed without a good reason, but He was basically tortured. And yet He still persevered. He told us that it was going to be difficult:

“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” -John 16:33

But we should always have hope! God will never leave us, and even when it seems like there is no more hope, He is there by our side, just waiting for us to recognize it. Nothing can separate us from His love:

“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.” -Romans 8:38-39

As Christians, we should not grieve as others without hope.

“We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the world of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.” -1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

No matter what happens on earth, we can be hopeful for what is to come.

“Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” -Philippians 3:20

Just reflect on the inspired words of the Mother of God. This passage never ceases to amaze me with its hope and joy as Mary cries out in praise of God for bringing into the world a savior:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” -Luke 1:46-55

 

Read more: “Saved in Hope” by Pope Benedict XVI

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One thought on “Hope

  1. I often say to my children, after they’ve complained that something is unfair, “When you say your prayers tonight, remember to thank God that He is not fair and does not give us what we really deserve.” Peace be with you — Kelly

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