May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pope Francis warns us to not let ourselves be robbed of hope. Despair is the thief of hope. It is a time of desolation when we have lost sight of God. He has not abandoned us, but the scales of self-pity have covered our eyes.” Without hope, we are sucked deeper and deeper into the quicksand of despair.
Desmond Tutu wrote, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Hope strips the scales from our eyes. The quicksand becomes a rock. As the Holy Father reminds us, “Our hope rests upon an immovable rock: God’s love, revealed and given in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Hope is much more than optimism, it is confidence in the Lord and his promises, as St. Paul writes, it is a virtue of ardent expectation (Rom 5:5) based on the Resurrection.
In April of 2013, Pope Francis charged young people to become missionaries of hope. His words speak to all of us: “I say to you: carry this certainty ahead: the Lord is alive and walks beside you through life. This is your mission! Carry this hope onward. May you be anchored to this hope: this anchor which is in heaven; hold the rope firmly, be anchored and carry hope forward. You, witnesses of Jesus, pass on the witness that Jesus is alive and this will give us hope, it will give hope to this world, which has aged somewhat, because of wars, because of evil and because of sin.
To sow hope where there is despair, answer the Holy Father’s challenge. Become missionaries of hope, proclaiming that Christ is alive and will come again.
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