Jesus tells us that God is the God of the living. This is the source of our hope. Dan Finucane, SJ, reflects on how this hope can bring us new life. Based on the readings for Sunday, November 6, 2022.
Our hope is resurrection hope.
Hi, my name is Dan Finucane and this is my One-Minute reflection.
Hope is not the belief that if I do the right things, everything will turn out alright for me. We see this in the case of the seven sons in today’s first reading.
Rather, hope is the belief that our God truly is, as Jesus tells us today, the God of the living. But Jesus doesn’t just talk about the God of the living. He entrusts everything to him, enduring suffering and a grisly death. The God of the living responds with resurrection: new life.
Because of Jesus, we too can trust God, here and now in the midst of our own hardship, persecution, and even death, to lead us into new life. Jesus’ hope is our hope.
As Pope Benedict has written: “The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life.”
Let us ask for the grace to receive this gift of new life today, the gift of resurrection hope.