“The Hope Which Comes From God”
5th Sunday After Pentecost
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27;
A good-hearted hobbit named Frodo is entrusted with a dangerous mission along with the group called the Fellowship of the Ring. They have to defeat the forces of evil by returning a magic gold ring to the fire of Mount Doom from which it was forged.
Along the way evil stalks Frodo. Battles are lost. Friends die. Reflecting on such tragedies, Frodo confides to his wise friend Gandalf this, he said, “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish that this had never happened”. His friend replied, “So do all who live to see such times. But it is not for them to decide. All you must decide is how to use that time that is given to you.”
Brothers and sisters in Christ, as we are called to be in the Fellowship of the Cross, we, servants of God, will also be tested and will be under trials. There will be times when we will feel crushed under the weight of our circumstances. There will be moments when the path before us seems so steep to climb and even more, there will be burden that is too heavy to bear. We may not choose our circumstances, but we can choose to trust God and put our hope in Him. Knowing that we have a Fellowship with Jesus Christ and with the enablement of the Holy Spirit, we are assured that there is nothing in this life that is difficult to handle. When our hope is in God, we can be sure that good things are in store for us.