HOPING AGAINST HOPE
????Rom 4:13, 16-18; Ps 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43 (R.v.8a); Luke 12:8-12
My dear, truthfully, there are some situations you will meet in life and you might be forced to question the reality of God. In such situations, the only thing you see is the wall that blocks your way when the journey is still very far away. Do you know that Abraham went through such an experience but he remained steadfast in God?
The promise for a child came to him at their very old age. And later, he was asked to sacrifice the same son, he was ready to oblige because he had absolute trust in divine Providence. That is hoping even when evidence is lacking (see Rom 4:13-18).
Have the doctors declared you infertile? God says to you, “Be fruitful” (Gen 1:28).
Have your sickness been declared incurable? Listen to Jesus saying to you, “Go in peace and be healed of your illness” (Mark 5:34).
Has the enemy already handed you a death warrant? Fear not! Jesus has come that you may have life in abundance (John 10:10).
Is poverty knocking heavily on your door? Don’t worry! The word of God says, “The jar of meal shall not be emptied nor shall the jug of oil fail” (1 Kgs 17:14).
At moments when our faith is tested in the fire of poverty, sickness, oppression, etc., proclaim the name of the Lord before men by telling that your problem that you have a bigger God. Learn from the life of St. Ignatius of Antioch. Even on his journey to Rome, where he was to be killed, he never lost his boldness in professing his faith in Christ. He continued to proclaim Jesus to all the Churches.
May God gives us the grace to stand with him at all times without falling, and so win the crown of glory in the end. Amen
Have a miraculous and reassuring weekend. Peace be with you.