FOR HE IS RISEN
Today I awakened thinking about hope. Though love is the greatest of the three cardinal virtues, hope is the middle term that translates the trust that lies at the heart of faith into the sure and certain expectation of God’s present and forthcoming preservation of our lives. This frees us from being so preoccupied with ourselves, since we know that He preserved us even before we knew ourselves. Therefore, on account of our confidence in Him, we may boldly care for our neighbor as ourselves, even though it means we suffer death as Christ did on the cross.
Is this not the Spirit of true witness, whereby the confidence with which we endure all tribulation in Christ’s name and for His sake testifies to all the world our sure and certain expectation that the Lord has come; that the Lord is coming; That the Lord has died for us, yet in us lives; That the Lord still lives in us and so, like Him, we rise from death already, to live in the Spirit, drenched with the living water and fed with the bread that leaves us with no taste of death, not now, By faith!, or ever again.
Today I awakened with hope. And I have no other prayer than this, that I may worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, and so become in truth a faithful testament of His love for me, and for my neighbor Christ the Lord; and for the world that He preserved for my salvation before either I or the world understood we were in need, or ever would be. For He it is