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Sunday, May 24, 2015

We Hope Because God is Faithful

You were, in that time, separate from Christ, being separate of the citizenship of Israel, being strangers to the testament of the promise, having no hope, and being without God in this world.
Ephesians 2:12

St Paul was talking of how the Ephesians were before they came to live in Christ. They were excluded from God's promise and because of that, they had no hope because they had no God.

Pope Benedict XVI discussed this in his encyclical “Spes Salvi” saying the Ephesians had gods but they did not know the One True God. Since they did not know God, they were living in darkness with a dark future.

Why is the future dark for those who do not know God? Because there will be no end to chasing after things which will not satisfy. These things will never give hope because they are not living. Happiness ends when these things fail. Life becomes empty when dreams are not achieved.

Those who know God and who live in Christ do not chase after something. We follow Someone: Jesus.

Only Jesus gives certainty to our future. This does not mean knowing what will happen in the next few years, but it is in knowing who is with us for all eternity. We know when God is with us, our life will not be empty because it will be a full life. We have confidence that no matter how bad things are, God is there to help us.

This is why we have hope, because our hope is not based on something that will perish, but on Someone who has no beginning and no end. We look forward to something greater than what we have here: union with God because we know we have God's promise and this promise is fulfilled in Christ.

God's promise is not a matter of empty words. Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical Lumen Fidei, “even if spoken words are fleeting, when God speaks a word, they become absolute and unshakeable”. Christians believe in the faithfulness and power of God. When he speaks his word, it will happen, even if it seems humanly impossible. And when God tells us through Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I planned for you, plans of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. And you shall call upon me, and go and pray unto me, and I will hear you”, we believe this word and we hope in this promise no matter how dark things are at this moment.

This is why we have hope: he who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it.

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