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Jesus, a Reservoir of Hope

May 19, 2016

In the book of the Prophet Jeremiah, we hear clearly that we’re called to hope in the Lord. He speaks more specifically that someone who trusts in the Lord instead of the ways of the world “will be like a tree planted beside the waters and stretches out its shoots to the stream.  It fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green and the year it drought it shows no distress but still bears fruit.” (Jer 17:8) 

That reading has this great richness for meditation, especially around patience and discernment.  Often, if we’re discerning God’s will, we want a quick answer from God.  We say “I’m going to pray, God, here’s 15 minutes or a Mass and then I need an answer.” Then we’re discouraged when we don’t get our answer right away.

Part of what this passage reminds us is that our spiritual journey, our regular habits of prayer are creating a ‘reservoir of grace’. 

The more that we spend time in prayer - whether it seems like God is giving us consolation in that moment or not - we build up the capacity to withstand the challenges and difficulties in our lives later on, to remain firmly focused on God.  Even when things come up like death or frustration or losing a job or lack of clarity, we draw on those deep roots that we placed in God through our life of prayer.

That’s what we’re called to do in our spirituality, deepen those roots.

Spend more time in prayer - not necessarily trying to have tangible results every time you pray. Instead remind yourself, this is slowly building up this relationship with God. In God’s time, God will show me where I need to be and lead me to the right path. But until that time, I will plant these deep roots so that when a challenge or suffering or difficulties come up, my leaves may still be green. 

“Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”

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