In today’s gospel Luke paints a pretty frightening picture of things. He talks about the destruction of the temple—no stone left standing, about nations fighting against nations, and more. Can you recall a time in your life when everything seemed to be falling apart? I remember in 1998 my mother was diagnosed with a non-malignant tumor in her brainstem. The surgery was very risky and there were few people in the country that were willing to attempt the surgery. Fortunately, one of them was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. We prepared as best we could. Mom shared her health care directives with us, lined up all her financial papers, etc. She wanted to take care of us. I recall being at Mass on a Sunday and feeling empty and unable to pray. It was during the Eucharistic Prayer that it hit me. I didn’t have to pray. There were hundreds of people all around me praying with me and in my place at that moment! It brought me a deep sense of hope. No matter what happened, we would be fine. We were surrounded by God’s love in each of the people who shared faith and hope with us by their faith-filled presence. We don’t need to look too far to wonder what is becoming of the world—hurricanes and floods, terrorist attacks, fires in family homes, increasing numbers of people standing on street corners in our city holding signs asking for help, and more. Today Luke reminds us we cannot get through life alone. We need community— our faith family. These are the people who hold us together when the world is crumbling around us. In our Eucharistic prayer we say “look not on my sins, but on the faith of the Church.” We come to God together. God is with us even when it is hard to see or feel God’s presence. This gives me hope. Where do you find hope?
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC