“We are blessed”
When we hear of all the violence, terrorism and killing all around the world, we may ask the question: “Where is God in all of this?” That is a worthy and timely question. Why does He allow these things to happen? Why do we have to lose human lives in such horrible ways? Why do we have to live in fear? And why doesn’t it stop? It’s getting to the point where some people are in an almost panic mode; afraid to leave their homes, to travel abroad, or to gather in large groups, always on the lookout and trusting no one.
If we knew the answer to all of these questions, we could put some kind of a plan into action. As it stands, we have only to pray and put our trust in the One who created our world. He alone is in control. He alone is our hope for the future. He alone can be trusted to save us. In spite of the recent dismaying events, our Responsorial Psalm today continues to tell us that “we are blessed; we are the people He has chosen to be His own. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Our reading from the letter to the Hebrews says: “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” We may not see God’s hand in our situation, but still we know by faith that He is with us always until the end of time. And in our gospel Jesus says to his disciples (and to us!) “Do not be afraid any longer (and he calls us his little flock). But he also cautions us to “stay awake and be ready! For you do not know on what day your Lord will
come.” “You must be prepared for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” So the message seems quite clear: Live your life in a manner worthy of your call; the call to be merciful and pray for those who do not believe. Pray for the terrorists and murderers? Yes! And do not be afraid any longer.
“Our soul waits for the Lord who is our help and our shield. May your kindness O Lord be upon us who hav put our hope in you.”
Our hope is truly in the Lord, and only in Him. And we shall never hope in vain.