The Gift of Hope
We expect Jesus to be a savior who will take care of all our needs for comfort and security in this World. If it seems to us, he is not answering our prayers for prosperity and protection, we feel betrayed; we get disillusioned. Jesus does promise security and life to the fullest as he defines these. He asks us to trust in his words, his promises, regardless of what we see and feel. Through every crisis that calls into question our trust in God, Jesus is inviting us to focus all our hopes and desires on the fullness of God’s promises, to trust not in the visible signs that God is providing for us, but simply in His promise to do so. This purifies our hope. We see this in the flight into Egypt. Mary and Joseph had the savior of the World in their care, but they had to trust purely in God’s word for protection when they were homeless refugees on the road to a foreign land. Jesus repeatedly challenges us, what are you looking for? What do you expect of me as Savior? Do you trust me no matter how vulnerable or abandoned you feel? Every experience of insecurity and doubt is a crisis that calls us to a deeper, more purified trust and hope as the Savior God really sent Jesus the suffering servant. Ask God to focus your hopes in union with Him alone. Ask God to teach you to trust the words “Give us this day our Daily bread” Matthew 6:32. When you are worried or a friend experiences a crisis, turn to Sacred Scripture and be comforted. A few favorite passages to read are: Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Zechariah 4:6, Philippians 4:6-7, Philippians4:19, 1 Peter 5:7. Receive the sacraments which God gave us to experience and encounter with him through grace. He touches our lives to assure that He is there and always loves us!! Know you are loved by God!