The times have been difficult to say the least. These challenges aren’t confined only to some, these are daunting for all of humanity. The news that we hear isn’t encouraging as new surges are happening not only in our country but also in the US (across 38 states), France, Turkey, Italy, Canada and so many others. Close by, the past so many weeks were overwhelming as loved ones, friends and colleagues haven’t been spared these health-related issues. It is understandable that many are deeply anxious.
Hopelessness abound. Fear surrounds. Worry shrouds.
Amidst all these, is there hope?
In the Gospel (Lk. 24: 35-48) Jesus tells the disciples,
“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?
In context, this was the final appearance of Jesus to the disciples in St. Luke’s Gospel account. The Lord showed them His hands and His feet, explained to them that He had to undergo suffering, dying on the Cross and rise again, as was foretold by the prophets in the Old Testament. He challenged them (and us too) to become “witnesses” of God and explained that very soon the Holy Spirit would be sent by the Father.
The Christian life is one that is prepared to be joyful despite suffering because the faithful follower of Christ knows the need to be saved from sins. Nobody is perfect and certainly we can’t go to Heaven on our own but by the grace of the saving act of the Paschal Mystery. Jesus is the “expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.” (Second Reading: 1 Jn. 2:1-5a)
In return, we are called to a life of charitable service to others and to be “witnesses” (First Reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19). The Catholic Church teaches that charitable work is “more of an effect of salvation than it is the central purpose of our Faith.”
So, the faithful servant of the Lord declares, “Yes, there is hope! I don’t worry, because despite everything that’s happening around me, God is in control. He is truly in control!”
Inspired by Jesus, let us reflect on how we should change in response to the redeeming act of His Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection.
“Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn while you speak to us.” (Cf. Lk. 24:32)