As we are confronted by life-changing issues, where are we looking for the hope for which we long?
If someone asked you, Where is your hope?, how would you respond? We may need to pause and think about it. Have you found hope? Sometimes people settle for compromise instead of discovering true hope, which may require difficult change. The reality is that there is no true hope outside of God’s plan; which is possible for everyone if we believe in him and trust in his promises.
I recently read a meditation written by John Henry Newman; he was a cardinal and a preacher of great eloquence. In his meditation, he writes: Life passes, riches fly away, popularity is fickle, the senses decay, the world changes, friends die. One alone is constant. One alone is true to us… One alone can give us tune and harmony.
The writer is describing God as the One who is constant. God has always been; He is the creator of the Universe, is here present, and yes; he is in the future. For God, time is eternal. For us, time is measured. As Newman wrote, life passes, riches fly away, …friends die. What helps us through time?
I exclaim – It is faith and hope! Faith in the One true, Triune God and His promises… and hope in the One who is constant. Hope is what sustains us and moves us forward each day.
In Hebrews 11:1, we read: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Faith is more than just “knowing” God intellectually; faith is believing in the One who is Creator and Redeemer through his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is saying yes to the One who has given us His plan of salvation. When we say yes to the Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Scriptures, the Church which is his instrument of salvation for us; we can live in true hope!
Take a moment to ponder the question; Am I placing my hope in the One Triune God? especially in the most distressful times, and in the times when everything else seems so cloudy.
He is there for us!
God, I need hope! Please see me now at this moment, I need you. Direct me to know you so that I may experience your love for me. Help me to say “yes” to you. Thank you. Amen.
Mary Jane Fox, D.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with her husband, Deacon Tom Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Mary Jane is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre.
Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.