Jesus Brings Hope
We see in Jesus' dying on the cross and resurrection the goodness of God's love and grace. We find hope. A quote we heard this weekend at the Pure Life Summit stuck with me, symbolizing this joy: "When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars". Even though it's raining and wet, we can still see the beauty of the rainbow. Even though it's dark and we can't quite see our way, the stars shine with such beauty and wonder that we forget about the darkness. In the same way, Jesus' death was gruesome, sad and painful, yet out of it, he brings humanity the chance for redemption, the true gift of love and hope for the world. Do we too look for this hope in our lives?
Today's Gospel states:'"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life"'(Matthew 25:31-46).
In today's Gospel, we hear how Jesus is present in each of us, for if we turn away or turn towards our neighbour, we do this to him. Do we have hope each and every day, and let this hope be visible in our lives? When you truly live your life with hope at the centre, you'll be amazed at how much joy, how much grace you have for every thing you do. Take some time to ask God to help fill your life with hope, to look for the stars in the darkness.
Today's prayer comes from 'Crosswalk' a prayer for confidence and hope:
Lord, help me let go of my fear of failure. I know Satan wants to use my fears to hold me back from living boldly for You. Forgive me for not living in faith, and help me from this moment on to live with bold confidence in You. Lord, help me not compare myself to others around me. I pray instead that I can keep my eye on You and live a life that proclaims Your excellence. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.