It is so easy to become discouraged when we hear about violence against the innocent ( such as in Toronto) or the proliferation of nuclear weapons or the increasing wealth
of the very rich at the expense of the poor. WE must guard against becoming permanently angry and bitter. Hopefully, as we mature, we learn to become grateful
for things we may take for granted such as a food, housing, employment, family, friends…Sometimes, even assisting those who do not have these necessities can generate gratitude for the much needed help. For example, St. Vincent De Paul is just one of many organizations that provide food and furniture vouchers to the needy. It is very rare that these folks do not genuinely appreciate the emergency relief they receive.
In turn, most volunteers realize how fortunate they are to have the basic necessities of life. The poor often teach us how to be grateful. This comment is not meant to glorify poverty by any means as it is a societal scourge; however, the poor seem to display a resilience for survival and a hopefulness that they will do their best to help themselves and one another. Indeed, Jesus asks us to assist those in need. Perhaps you can visit the lonely neighbour that just lost their spouse or visit the sick friend in the hospital. Further, you might cook a meal for your daughter who is working long hours to support her family. Anything you do that comes from a pure heart is good! Even Victor Frankl ( Man’s Search for Meaning) in a Nazi concentration camp noticed that those that displayed small acts of kindness towards one another frequently survived the evil perpetuated there.
Indeed, Fr. Ron Rolheiser in pondering the eruption of goodness says that the resurrection of Jesus reveals “that graciousness, goodness, and love are the ultimate power inside reality. They will have the final word and they will never be ….killed or ultimately ignored….( “The Triumph of Goodness”, March 28, 2016) In brief, no matter how much bad happens, love and goodness will prevail due to God’s goodness and power.
Take hope that goodness, despite the presence of evil will have the final say.
God guarantees this. Before leaving this earthly realm Jesus says these reassuring words: “my peace I give to you, not as the world gives….do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid… ( Jn 14:27-31a) As Jimmy Carter says, God accompanies us
during the good and difficult times of life. God wants a relationship with us. He is the source of our hope.