The Gospels show us repeatedly that Jesus had no illusions about the frailty of humankind; He met it throughout His ministry. But He also recognized potential in the many ordinary people that He met. While He acknowledged the reality of human greed and aggression, for example, but He also pointed to our God-given capacity to love and proved its transforming power by His own actions, many times. People of faith believe that God is love and wherever love is experienced, God is present and active. This enables us to speak of hope not only in the here and now, but also into the future.
There are choices to be made by us on a daily basis, choices “for” love. Sometimes we are simply not interested. Sometimes we are dedicated for a while, but then give up. Sometimes are preoccupied with what is going on in our lives to the point where we are inattentive to the needs of others. Sometimes the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and lead us away from loving and being loved. But an abundant harvest of good will and genuine love awaits those who welcome God’s Word and are open to His grace. Let us pray today for good and generous hearts.
Let us pray. “O God, in our moments of weakness, give us your grace. When we are tired and weary, give us your strength. When our thoughts swirl with questions and fears, quiet them with your voice. When we are feeling battered by the storms around us, hold us close to your heart. When our patience is short and our words are sharp, soften our hearts and our tongues. Thank you for being the God of endless hope. Fill us with joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may always abound in hope. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”