Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hope for us all

It is easy for us to look myopically at the present American political struggle and forget that world of which we are a part is much more than the presidential election of our little country. As Christians we must constantly remind ourselves that we believe that by virtue of baptism we are part of reality that transcends politics and nations. We are part of a reality that transcends time.

In today's first reading from the third chapter of St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians we hear a prayer that concludes:

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

We are fools if we place even a single drop of our hope in Hillary, Donald or any human being. As Christians, when we utter the word hope, it should be in reference to God and God alone. We hope in God the Father. We hope in God the Son. We hope in God the Holy Spirit.

St. Paul undoubtedly understood this, when he describes God as the one who is able to accomplish far more than ALL we ask or even imagine. Imagine the best world you can possibly imagine. And God can accomplish it all "through the power that is at work in us", the Holy Spirit.

Like faith and charity we believe that hope is, not something we manufacture, but a gift from God. Join me in praying for an outpouring of the virtue of hope on all, but especially all the people of our nation. And may we keep our minds and hearts centered on and anchored to God.