HOPE in 2020!
The Christmas Season ended with the Baptism of the Lord on January 12. We move in our liturgical calendar into Ordinary Time. January speaks of making resolutions, of confronting the past and looking to the future. I don’t think we can deny that we live in a time of turmoil and stress. And yet, given the fact that we have been baptized into the Lord Jesus Christ we cannot help but have hope. We should be committed to hope because our Prince of Peace came to overcome darkness with his light. And so I share with you some of the things I hope for as we enter a new year, a new decade.
• Hope that wars will end, that peace will reign.
• Hope that our environment will not be destroyed.
• Hope for the safety of all children
• Hope that racism and sexism will end.
• Hope that refugees will be welcomed and treated with respect.
• Hope that people with a variety of opinions will treat one another kindly.
• Hope that all peoples have food, clothing and shelter.
The new kingdom that Jesus inaugurated with his birth, his teachings and his death and resurrection will be a kingdom where the power of love will transform suffering and bring healing.
In our Catholic Tradition we have three cardinal virtues. They are faith, hope and love. From Hebrews 11: 1, we hear these words. “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” These are the words we need to take into this new decade. Our faith will bring us a new sense of hope and the love we bear toward all humanity and the earth shall bring us to a new realization of light overcoming darkness.
I found a quotation from an unknown author which described hope in this way. “Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.” And so even if there is a sense of darkness as we enter 2020, we have the promise of hope. I challenge us all to sing even if it seems dark. Light conquers all. Praise be the Lord.
~by Helen Ackermann