It is easy these days to feel discouraged about the state of our country and world. Easy to feel our efforts are too little to be meaningful.
Today’s first Mass reading is a reminder that we must never give in to discouragement and weariness. In his Letter to the Ephesians Paul’s exhorts us to
live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call.
We are all called to build God’s kingdom – everyone with a unique set of gifts and talents. However difficult that may seem at times. Indeed, Jesus’ promise was never that it would be easy – but we are called to face the difficulties, not sit back and lament the. And part of that call is hope.
Imagine what the world would look like if everyone lived into that call! If we lived a life worthy of the call we have received!
Imagine what that could look like!