I have always said that in these times of crises, what we really lack is hope and perspective. I know for sure that I’ll stay at home today, I know I’ll be there tomorrow, but I don’t know when this will end. Planning things in the very near future becomes impossible and so you are stuck in your home, in your mind and in your own universe. The Spe Salvi Encyclical does not speak of this kind of hope that we are lacking today, that is to say the hope that this ilness will be cured, but more precisely, it speaks of a higher kind of hope, in something divine, in a final justice and a fraternal communion that will take place in the so-called times of the past, times we do not know when they will come or if they will come while we are still alive.
The central component of the whole encyclical is the equivalence between the Christian faith and hope. The Bible often uses these words interchangeably. I quote, “Paul reminds the Ephesians that before they knew Christ (the Ephesians) they were hopeless and without God in the world” (Spe Salvi 2 pg 4). Thus, the encounter with Christ represents the true hope, that is, to know the true God.
But what about us, those who consider ourselves Christians? Where is our hope? Where is our perspective? Am I the only one who stays in the house thinking that this lethargy will last forever? Or are there other people who think that we need help from God to strengthen our hope in this time of crises? I can’t wait to see what you think