Reflection on the Second Reading – Ephesians 1:17-23

“May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call”

-Ephesians 1:18

I get caught up in the day to day routine of everything, focusing on the here and now. It’s not bad to focus on the present. It’s really all we have and it’s truly a gift from God. However, I forget about hope. I think of the theological virtues: faith, hope and love, hope is probably the most overlooked. We talk all the time about the need to have faith. Faith is the basis of being Catholic. Love is also really up there, we are called to love others and God loves us. The golden rule makes love something we have a hard time forgetting.

But, we don’t really focus on hope. We forget that by having faith we have an amazing future ahead of us. Regardless of our call in life, we were all created to live eternally in Heaven with God. That reality should bring us so much hope and give us strength to get through whatever causes us to struggle here on Earth. 

For me, lately, I’ve been getting so caught up in the parts of my application: getting doctors appointments set up, finishing psychological exams, getting recommendation letters, that I’m forgetting about the reason I’m doing all of these things. I have been focusing so much on the present that I’m not giving myself the opportunity to focus on the hope that comes with His call. I’m doing all this for a reason and I can’t forget that this journey may come with a lot of pain and struggle, but ultimately I have hope in Jesus Christ.

On today, as we celebrate Jesus’ ascension let us remember:

“Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him forever.” -CCC 666

Jesus became incarnate on this Earth first to die, to free us from our sin, and then to ascend into Heaven, to make it possible for us to join Him one day. Let us find hope in this and live with it in mind.

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