Good morning, happy Tuesday and blessings. The reality of the Coronavirus has put us in the midst of a humanitarian emergency crisis that demands our empathy and solidarity love as a priority, but all this without losing hope. The Biblical reading of the prophet Habakkuk (1: 2-4) forces us to be sincere when we answer this question: Who has not ever lost hope? Unfortunately, we are living in a time when it is easy to lose hope. The Coronavirus crisis is one of these hopeless realities. But despite all this, when we understand what hopelessness means, we recognize that there is no just cause for her presence in the Christian life. Hopelessness literally means “to be without exit; to be completely lost and without resources ”It refers to being in such a state of mind that one believes that there is no hope for their situation, whatever it may be. Hopelessness dishonors God. It degrades God, the Almighty, an impotent force, which insinuates not only that He cannot, but also fails to fulfill His promises. Hopelessness in practice involves a rejection of the Scriptures as the Word of God. Those who are hopeless ultimately means that they have lost the faith, which is, as we know, essential to the Christian life. Those who have fallen into hopelessness set their sights on the world's resources, instead of trusting in God's ability. Those who have lost hope, as Hebrews 12: 3 says, “tire” until they “pass out”.
Hopelessness destroys various things in our lives and gives us a negative view of God's sovereignty: hopelessness destroys faith in God; hopelessness encourages conflict, litigation and bitterness; hopelessness always sees the negative and never the positive; and hopelessness destroys hope for the future. During this Lent, God is asking us not to lose hope. And today I invite you to repeat and live this biblical scripture all day: God will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; God will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalms 121: 7-8). Blessings Fr. Luis+