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The Disposition of Hope

MEDITATION:

Written by Richard M. Gula, a contemporary Sulpician priest, teacher, and author. This is an excerpt from his book “To Walk Together Again.”

The disposition of hope is rooted in the fundamental biblical truth that all possibilities for life and its future are under the care and goodness of God. Reconciliation is a possibility for us because it begins with, and remains rooted in, God’s love for us. The good news of Christian faith is that God’s love is constant and undefeatable. This is most clearly evident in Jesus’ being raised from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus (the best of all possible futures) is our ultimate warrant for hope. We cannot engage in or experience it if we do not believe in God’s love for us as a constant, undefeatable love—that is to say, unless we believe in “amazing grace.” To accept God’s unconditional love for us is fundamental to the process of reconciliation in life and in sacrament.

PRAYER:

Written by Jane Holloway, the National Prayer Director of  the World Prayer Centre in Birmingham, England.

Father,

Thank you that in a world of despair, You are our Hope.

In a world of darkness, You are our Light.

In a world of sorrow, You are our joy.

Help us to share the Hope of our hearts with one another

Enable us to give Hope to others through Your work amongst us.

Use us to transform our nation and to spread Your Hope to every corner of this nation.

May our land flourish by the preaching of Your word and the praising of Your name.

In Jesus Name. Amen.

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