Bob is not the REAL HOPE

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen@{Hebrews 11:1} The worlds thinking says, don't get your hopes up too high, you'll only be disappointed, but God says, "Faith is the substance of things HOPED FOR. "

The next time you feel hopeless and afraid, look at the situation from Jesus' point of view. He is the source of all hope and promise. Hope is the vision or image that makes real the thing desired. To retain hope while we suffer shows we understand Gods merciful ways of relating to His people.

In the Gospel of Luke, Matthew, and Mark, we are told how Jesus heals a blind man. Beggars often waited along the roads near cities, because that was where they were able to contact the most people. Usually disabled in some way, beggars were unable to earn a living. Medical help was not available for their problems, and people tended to ignore their obligation to care for the needy. ( sounds like very little has changed in 2000 years). Thus beggars had little hope of escaping their degrading way of life. But this blind beggar took hope in the Messiah. He shamelessly cried out for Jesus' attention and Jesus said that his faith allowed him to see.

Hope is the vision or plan that faith sets out to accomplish. Hope could be said to be the blueprint of faith. In the natural, a man has a blueprint to build a house and then uses substance such as lumber and brick to build it. The blueprint is the image; the lumber and bricks are the substance. When he puts substance to the image, the house comes onto existence. In the spiritual, hope is the blueprint and faith is the substance that brings things into existence.

Hebrews 6:19 says that we have hope as an anchor of our soul. This hope doesn't just happen. It comes through meditation on the word of God, persistent prayer, understanding and living our Catholic faith.

Faith and hope built on reward or prosperity is hollow. To be unshakable, our hope and faith must be built on the confidence that Gods ultimate purpose will come to pass.

Glenn Harmon 2002