The night I burnt my back I was only 5 years of age and yet all these years later I remember it vividly as if it had just happened yesterday.
The red coat of a nurse (that I told myself belonged to my mum) comforted me that night and gave me hope that mum was close and that I was safe now and into the future.
Hope is one of the great Christian virtues but it is not the same as wondering if something will happen such as hoping to get chosen for the sports team. When I was younger I called Rosemary before we were married and asked, “do you want to go out?” the first time and I really hoped she would say yes.
Hope in the Christian sense has another twofold meaning. It means both knowing and guarantee.
At Easter, the high point of the yearly Christian calendar, we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is when Jesus the Son of God pays the ultimate price by giving His life to overcome the effects of humanity’s rejection of God and God’s perfect ways. The consequence was our separation from God and we had no way of overcoming that ourselves. Before Jesus we had no way to get to God.
Now because of the action of Jesus we are “guaranteed” eternal life with God. This “knowledge” affects how we live. We do not live in fear or worry but in the confidence that we will be with God.
In other words we have Hope in our future life with God. We are saved.
The life we now live determines whether being set free from the power of wrongdoing will lead us to being more fully with God.
ACTION: Lent is a time when we meditate on the hope we are given by Christ. It affects every aspect of life. Reflect today on how this hope affects the way you think, feel, act and speak.
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 20:17-28
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