Are You Hopeful?
Do you hope for the future, for the things yet to come? Think about it, when you take a new job, is the goal to be present in the job every moment and strive to succeed one second at a time? Not normally for most people. Most will take on a job in the hopes of being successful further down the line, with a goal to save money for a house or a trip, to get a promotion, maybe to make a big impact on the world. The small moments each and every day matter too, but so often we are fixated on the long term dream, the big picture, the goal. Why do we fixate on the big outcome? Here in lies the element of hope for something greater. We seek more because God makes it our mission to long for Him, to seek Him in all we do, to be reunited with Him in heaven. We are given this chance through Jesus, to seek redemption. What are your long terms dreams?
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).
Today's Gospel talks about how through the Messiah, we will be rescued from our enemies, and there shall be judgement for all people. Through Jesus, we are brought purpose, the hope of salvation, of longing to embrace the possibility of change and to become more than we are right now. To move past our sins, and to strive to love. Not all of our long term dreams encompass this goal to seek God, which should be our primary focus. What are some goals that lead you away from your faith, maybe take away too much of your energy and attention? Take some time to ask God to help you seek salvation and hope.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer for hope of salvation:
Heavenly father, I am your humble servant, I come before you today in need of hope. There are times when I fell helpless, There are times when I feel weak. I pray for hope. I need hope for a better future. I need hope for a better life. I need hope for love and kindness. Some say that the sky is at it's darkest just before the light. I pray that this is true, for all seems dark. I need your light, Lord, in every way. I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe. To bask in your glory. To know that all is right in the world, as you have planned, and as you want it to be. Help me to walk in your light, and live my life in faith and glory. In your name I pray, Amen.