Day 15: Third Sunday: HOPE AND JOY

 Be strong, fear not!

Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense, he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.

 Have hope! God will make a difference in our lives, in our families, in our city, and in the world. The dramatic change will come. The blind will see; the deaf will hear; the lame will jump; and the mute will sing.  

 The question is “Lord, I don’t see these types of people around me anymore. You are right. They all are cured and healed.” But “Lord, we have different problems. We have different ailments. We have different acts of violence around us. “Can you save us?”

 There are so many people living in fear and hopelessness; many people living in hatred and narrow mindedness; many people living in wars and segregation; many people still living in brokenness and distrust; and young people living in poverty of family and love. Can you save us? Can you save me?

 “Yes,” whispers the Lord. “Nothing is impossible to God.” “Be patient. Make your heart firm. Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,” St. Paul said.

 Have hope! Have hope in God. And have hope in one another. Maybe a lot of times, we ourselves do not be the “real persons” we are created in the beginning by God. The challenge for each one of us today is to ask God this question: “My God and my All, what do you want me to do for the good and well being of my brothers and sisters?” When we ask this question, wait hopefully and patiently for the response from God.

 God would like each one of us to rise up and celebrate together. Let us imagine and trust in God:

–  Can you imagine the city or family, in which, the narrow-minded, arrogant and ignorant people who never listened to anyone, today they start to hear the sound of music in other people?

–  Can you imagine the fearful and racist people who never crossed the line of invisible borders, today they realize there is something great on the other side of the fence?

–  Can you imagine the disabled and elderly who used to stay in the darkness of loneliness and low self-esteem, today they receive respect and dignity from the young and the privilege? 

–  Can you imagine the voiceless and powerless who used to live in impoverishment and hopelessness, today they find encouragement, empowerment and joy in their own creative styles?

 Yes, all of these are possible for God. If we can do all these possibilities, there will be no more gun down or violence in our families and societies. We will start a new chapter of life, a new chapter of hope. 

Hope is here. Hope is now. With God, there is plentiful of hope and possibility.

 Reflection Question: Are you willing to hope with God to write a new chapter of Hope for others?