MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
Jesus is our hope
Monday, 9 September 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n.
38, 18 September 2013)
It is sad to see priests who have lost hope. For this reason at the Mass he
celebrated at Santa Marta on Monday morning, Pope Francis asked the priests
present to cultivate this virtue, “which for Christians has the name of Jesus”.
“I see many priests here today”, he said, “and I am prompted to tell you
something, it’s a bit sad when one comes across a priest without hope, without
that enthusiasm which gives hope; and it is very beautiful when one comes across
a priest who is reaching the end of his life still filled with that hope, not
with optimism, but with hope, and who is sowing hope”. “For it means”, he said
further, that “this priest is attached to Jesus Christ. And the People of God
need us priests to give them this hope in Jesus which makes all things new,
which is capable of making all things new and is doing so: at every Eucharist he
recreates Creation, in every act of charity he recreates his love within us”.
The Pontiff spoke of hope, linking today’s reflection with those of the
previous days in which he had held Jesus up as fullness, as the centre of
Christian life, the one Bridegroom of the Church. Thus today he commented on the
concept expressed in St Paul’s Letter to the Colossians (cf. 1:26; 2:2, 3):
Jesus “a mystery, a hidden mystery, God”. A mystery, that of God, who “appeared
in Jesus”, who is “our hope: he is our all, he is the centre and he is also our
Optimism, he explained, is a human attitude that depends on so many things;
but hope is something else: “it is a present, a gift of the Holy Spirit and for
this reason Paul was to say that it never disappoints”. It also has a name; and
“this name is Jesus”. It is impossible to say one hopes in life unless one hopes
in Jesus. “It would not be a question of hope”, he clarified, “rather, it would
be good humour or optimism, as in the case of those sunny, positive people who
always see a glass as half full and not half empty”.
The true teaching to draw from the day's Gospel is that Jesus “is not a
healer, he is a man who recreates life. And this”, the Bishop of Rome
underlined, “gives us hope, because Jesus came precisely to work this great
miracle, to recreate all things”.