A Living Hope

Reflection on 1 Peter 1:3-12

Verse 6 of the reading begins, ‘In this (inheritance available through the resurrection of Jesus Christ) you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials …’ There is no doubt that we are now suffering trials through the impact of the COVID-19 Virus!

But Peter offers us a message of hope. This hope is not a ‘fond hope’ where we do not really expect what we hope for. Rather, it is a sure hope that holds the future in the present because it is anchored in the past - in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Peter hopes for God's salvation - God's deliverance from sin and death.

The resurrection of Jesus was a life-changing reality for Peter. After seeing the empty tomb on Easter morning Peter had left in wonder.

But Jesus remembered Peter and appeared to him even before he came to eat with the disciples in the upper room (Luke 24:34). Hope was reborn in Peter's heart with the sight of his living Lord.

The resurrection also opens you and me to the blessing of God working in our lives. We are invited to live into the mystery of faith - the mystery of incarnation. The story of Easter is that we do not face our burdens alone because Jesus went before us, obedient all the way to death on the cross.

Peter encourages us to meet suffering with joy - no matter what comes. Verses 8-9 reminds us, ‘Although you have not seen him, you (can) love him; … and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Let us conclude our reflection today with this prayer:

Living Jesus,

today I seek to love you

even though I cannot see you;

and will trust in your promise

that you are with me,

whatever lies ahead. Amen.

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