by Sr. Barbara Markey, ND
The readings for this week are all about having hope. They are about believing that God is in our lives and in all places. They are about looking forward to tomorrow and believing that everything can start new because Christ gave us the Holy Spirit and the lasting sign of the Resurrection.
Hopelessness about the world or with ourselves or others can’t be the lasting response of Christian persons. If we were Old Testament people we might have some reason to say, “So, Lord, when are you coming to make a difference? What sign will you give us so that we can be hopeful?”
As Christians, we are called to remember, to experience and to expect the resurrection of new life every morning that we wake up. Jesus promised that we would be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. He didn’t promise that we would always have signs or feelings that knocked us over the head with certainty about that.
He did promise us that the Spirit would always be with us. Isaiah maybe said it best when he told us that through Jesus, “the shoot from the stump of Jesse,” we would receive “wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and awe in the presence of God.”
Maybe we just need to be open to believe, to hope, and act as if we were certain those promises were true.