By: Rick Hernandez
I have often been asked, “Where does your Hope come from?” No doubt in my heart. Hope is a gift… received at the feet of my Master.
As personal relationships go for most people, our loving Master is mostly unseen, mostly unheard, mostly unknown. It can be difficult for some, swamped by the pressures of the world, to believe in anything that requires faith. We can become so immersed in the struggle of daily living that we only have time to come up for air every once in a while. It can be a challenge to believe in a higher power and, even more, to invest time in someone who is not tangible, that is, up until the moment when the world’s answers to life questions become truly lacking. When life feels suffocating, hope might be scarce, but I say without a doubt that hope is the one thing we must always hold on to.
I read this story online a few years ago:
Mostly unseen, mostly unheard, and mostly unknown, that is, until the moment we open our hearts and ears and listen to His loving call to relationship. We are all on a journey to meet Christ, and that journey is individually ours. Relationships are personal, which means we are directly involved. Jesus awaits us personally, and He is all in, so it is on us to give of ourselves in the same way.
But while on our journey towards Christ, we may not always feel as we think we should. Not having the happy or fulfilled feelings that we expect while living a good Christian life does not make us impostors, posers, or hypocrites. What it makes us is seekers. Ones who search. That is how we come to see the mostly unseen, hear the mostly unheard… It is how we come to know the mostly unknown.
When we ask God for more of Him, He has many ways to accomplish that for us. We must not shy away from asking of God. He wants to hear us!
This is our leap of faith, a humble gift of self, to be in relationship with our Master, whose Love is to be both received and shared.
We look at our lives, even when they are difficult, and we sometimes think, “I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.” Another leap of faith, to move forward, we live, love, and hope…
We fight against despair with Hope. We fight against the storm in our souls with the gift of self.
And as I wonder upon the love our Lord and Master has for us, I do wish eagerly for a little more time with Him in His Blessed Sacrament, where we can be together in silent recollection, sharing a bit more in the discovery of who we are together. May we be reassured of being the beloved of Christ, that it may help us to dwell restfully in the love of our Lord and Master, but that our hearts be lit on fire…
We hear it in our souls.
May we continue to live in the fullness of Hope, learning at the feet of our Master. Amen.