On Thursday, someone said that hope is a good idea.
I think he's right.
The op-ed quoted John 14:1. It's part of a longer statement:
"1 2 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.That was about two thousand years back. Jesus told us to have hope: not that everything would be just fine if we're nice people, or if we say the right things.
"In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
"3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.
"Where (I) am going you know the way.' 4"
November 14, 2012, particularly footnote 1)
What Jesus did on Golgotha broke the power of sin and death. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, Philippians 2:8, Romans 5:19-20)
Looking at the big picture, I think it's okay to be hopeful: even if bad things happen.
Two brothers decided to cause death and pain at the Boston Marathon, acted on that decision, then killed a police officer. One of the perpetrators was killed.
Lu Lingzi, Krystal Campbell, Martin Richard, Sean Collier and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are dead. We have lost everything they might have done with their lives. This is not good.
"5 We know that all things work for good for those who love God, 6 who are called according to his purpose."It is, I think, part of an assurance that God is in control: not a promise that if I say "Jesus, Jesus," I'll have a trouble-free life.
We're not expected to just sit back and let God make everything better. The general orders to 'love God, love your neighbor' are still in effect, and we've got a mandate to improve the human condition. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1928-1942)
Giving in to despair or hate,by the way, would be a very bad idea. It's also against the rules. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1033, 2091)
I'm tired, my left wrist and hand hurt, and I'm probably catching a cold: but compared to cleaning up after a fertilizer plant explosion, and coping with death and pain at the Boston Marathon, that's trivial.
I could, presumably, decide that God doesn't care any more and turn my back on the Almighty. I've occasionally felt like there's no hope, but so far have had the good sense to wait until my emotions changed. Rejecting God would, in my considered opinion, be a very bad idea.
Particularly since I agree with Paul:
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, 9 nor future things, nor powers,Somewhat-related posts:
"nor height, nor depth, 10 nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- "Bombs at the Marathon: Death, Anger, and Love"
(April 19, 2013)
- "Battling Sin, Living in Hope"
(July 25, 2012)
- "Original Sin, Consequences, and Bootstraps"
(June 13, 2012)
- "The Man Who Wouldn't Stay Dead"
(March 11, 2012)
- "Hope, Joy, and Working for a Better World"
(September 13, 2011)
- Residents near Texas plant explosion allowed to return home"
Tom Watkins, CNN (April 20, 2013)
- "Boston marathon bombs suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev captured"
BBC News (April 20, 2013)
- "Boston, West, Texas, America, don't give up hope"
Erick Erickson, Opinion, FoxNews.com (April 18, 2013)