In every â€œI wishâ€ statement there is hope. And we hope for so much. We hope that we, our children and our family members will be healthy and happy. We hope to find true love. We hope for comfort and peace. We hope for everything that we believe and know in our hearts, in our purest inner being, to be good and right.
Think about the people you know who seem to be the most positive about their outlook on life, whoâ€™s cup is always Â½ full rather than Â½ empty, and ask them where they find their hope.
People who follow false hope always seem to be looking for more. They are searching for something to hold on to, something to give happiness; they never seem to be content with what they have, where they are, or how they look.
Are we searching for the â€œrightâ€ hope?
People who have true hope are quiet, unassuming, and accepting, like Mother Teresa who I am reading about in a book entitledÂ To Find Hope by Sam Wellman. Blessed Mother Teresa is a modern day saint who gave her life, everything she had, both in spirit and in material things, to be like Jesus by serving â€” serving Him, serving His poor, serving those who had nothing. Nothing, except hope.
This past Sunday my parish priest, Father Mike, spoke of the characters who were part of the Passion of Jesus. He invited us to identify and to contemplate how their actions are reflected in our lives, through our choices.
Do we see ourselves as Peter who denied Christ? Are we soldiers who crucify and judge others? Are we Veronica who shows compassion by wiping the face of others? Are we Simon who helps others carry their cross? Are we Joseph who takes others down from their cross? Are we Judas who sells someone out for a few dollars? Are we Pilate who washes our hands of the truth and allows someone to make the wrong choice?
He commented that Barabbas, whoâ€™s name means â€œson of the father,â€ was chosen to be released from prison by the people instead of the real, right and true Son of the Father, Jesus. How many times do we choose Barabbas the wrong â€œson of the father?â€ How many times do we choose the wrong hope?
â€œHere is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my Spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations . . .Â Thus says God, the LORD . . . who gives breath to its people and spirit . . . I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you Â . . . to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darknessâ€ (Isaiah 42:1-7).
This is the Hope we are seeking.
Mother Teresa said about learning from the poor: â€œThe poor give us much more than we give them. Theyâ€™re such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they never curse, never complain. We donâ€™t have to give them pity or sympathy. We have so much to learn from them.â€
So, are we learning from them? Where are they placing their hope? In whom do they place their trust?
And Mother Teresa also said about family: â€œThe family that prays together stays together . . . Just getting together, loving one another, will bring that peace, that joy, that strength of presence of each other in the home. And we will be able to overcome all the evil that is in the world.â€
Hope. Hope for our families. Hope for each other. Hope for our society.
Heavenly Father: Blessed be Your name. It is in Your Spirit that I seek hope. Let me not take societies offers of false hope. Help me to seek and to find You who are the one, the only and the true hope. Take me by the hand, open my eyes, and lead me out of the darkness during this Holy week. Amen.
May each of you be blessed with true hope this Holy Week!