There is perhaps a no more important nor consoling reflection for us than to focus on the gift of hope. After all, everyone of us enters each new year with hope for a brighter future. But if our expectation of hope offers only some future fulfillment, that would be disappointing indeed, and not the same hope promised to us by Jesus Christ.

“…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

This pouring out of love into our hearts is the entire reason for human existence. We were not only made in the image of God, ultimately, we were made to be transformed into His Glory. …

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