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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Where or to whom do you anchor your hope when you feel hopeless? - Daily Reflections March 2,2016


HOPE FOR THE POOR AMONG US
 
Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor.” How can you reconcile this with the realities around us? You see the poor being oppressed, marginalized, left out in almost all spheres of our society. A woman is denied admission in a hospital without a cash deposit. Someone dies in a decrepit clinic for lack of money to be admitted in an institution with complete facilities. A young student commits suicide because her parents couldn’t pay the balance in tuition so that she could take her final exams. So where lies their blessedness?
       In John 16:20, Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” So many people are still waiting to rise above their grief. And the joy that is promised them is yet to be realized.
      Will the 34 journalists and the 24 others who were with them in Maguindanao ever be served justice in a trial that is expected to outlive their descendants? Who will be held liable for the death of the SAF 44 — their commanding officers? Their executioners? Their mothers and widows are still grieving for lack of progress in the case. When will the Yolanda victims finally get their relief and feel the millions of dollars that came in reach them?
       According to one person’s count, there are 3,573 promises in the Bible (www.Bibleinfo.com). How should this make us feel? Today’s Gospel should make us hopeful. Everything that has been written will be accomplished, Jesus says. And we trust in His words. Most have already been realized and we must have faith because our God is a trustworthy God. He has realized most before and He’ll realize them again — in His time. Fr. Sandy V. Enhaynes
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: Where or to whom do you anchor your hope when you feel hopeless?
 
You are our hope, O Lord. Keep us in Your embrace that we may not despair when things get us down. Amen.
 

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