Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
I would consider today’s Gospel as the passage of hope. Jesus affirms the divine truth that God takes care of us, and we are valued more than anything. We read in the Gospel, “even the hairs of your head are counted. Do not be afraid you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Christian life is the ‘fruit of hope’. Hope is an inner necessity and a profound impulse which we freely accept. When we look at the present scenario more than 25% of youth who commit suicide, do so because of depression and a sense of hopelessness in life. We get frustrated even for trivial matters and make our life miserable. The book of Job is an expression of man’s hope in the face of sufferings, and brings to mind what we often forget, that is, the fact that God is with us in the midst of our sufferings. When problems mount in life, we become depressed and dejected and find refuge in persons and things, again forgetting the fact that God is there with an open hand to embrace us. A Christian who tries to acquire the values of Christ will be happy in the service of God and would be a beacon of hope to all whom he/she meets. Hope in Jesus conquers despair and distress in our lives. One who lives in hope, is able to alleviate the pain of those whom he/ she daily comes in contact with. As Christians we have the greater responsibility to bring light and joy into this gloomy world, which is full of confusion and obscurity. Often we are dominated by people, things and events, by our longings and dreams that fill the entire horizon within us and hold us captive even to the extent of suffocation. This is when we lose our grip of Jesus. We need to surrender all these to God so that we may hold on to Jesus. We need to renew ourselves every day because the spirituality of this millennium cannot be a spirituality of being closed in one itself or a Spirituality which rejects the world to come; but it should be one which accepts its complete transfiguration because it is permeated by the spirit of life and hope. It will be a spirituality of resurrection.
All of us are called to experience Christ’s divine presence and to bear witness to Him. His suffering and death are an invitation to every one of us to increase our commitment to our mission.