Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 17:7-8

Dear child of God, you are reminded today as the month of September comes to an end, to KEEP HOPE ALIVE. How long does one grope in the darkness before one sees the light at the end of the tunnel? Psychologists identify despair as a major reason for suicide. Hope is a precious and wonderful thing. It wards away despair – the number one joy-killer. Hope can be described as an unshakable trust and assurance that the promise of God will be fulfilled.  With hope, men can endure almost anything, no matter how desperate their conditions become.

To better understand our reading today. Let us take a look at this situation:  A woman has been trying to conceive.  She tried severally medications.  She made life-style changes.  Nothing worked.  She opted for Invitro fertilization (IVF IS MORALLY EVIL).  After several failed series of IVF (which defers her hope), she gave up all the deferred hopes as these past trials had made her heart sick.  Miraculously, after some time had passed.  She took in after twenty years of marriage; trying to conceive.  On the day of her delivery, the hospital staff were careless, and she lost the baby.  She was devastated.  The death of her baby broke her heart.  Who can console her?  Nobody!  Joy will return to her heart, only when her wish comes true.  For her baby to arrive; she must not despair.  She must keep her hope alive.  How does she do that?  The answer is in Romans 15:13, which says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  She must remain joyful by praising God inspite her circumstances. The Psalmist says, “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” (Psalm 98:4).

Beloved, while waiting for God to answer your prayers for your child, instead of giving in to discouragement, praise Him for what He will do.  Praise will help keep hope alive as you wait. For all waiting for the fruit of the womb, be assured of God’s faithful care upon your life. Do not despair but remain hopeful, joyful and always praising God who is well able to give you your hearts desires. Hannah says: “Those who were well fed are now starving and those who were starving are well fed………The childless woman now has seven children………” (1Samuel 2:5)

MASS: WHITE ST. JEROME, P.D. (MEMORIAL) Job 9:1-12. 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-11.12-13.14-15(R.3a); Accl Phil 3:8-9a; Gospel Lk 9:57-62

Prayer Points:

  1. O Lord, You are my hope and my trust; I thank You for being by my side and I know that You will not leave me nor forsake me.
  2. O Lord, You are my hiding place and my shield.  I hope in your word and I know that surely You will come to my help and my hope will not be cut off.
  3. Pray for all seeking the fruit of the womb.

Exercise:  Spend some time praising God today

Meditation:  Micah 7:7