There are many great ways to describe hope, but Fr. Mike defines it as “trust in another extended into the future.” During Holy Week, we can see the role of hope at work in scripture. Fr. Mike recalls two stories from the Gospels that exemplify what hope is not.
When Peter denied Christ, and when the two travelers on the road to Emmaus abandoned their belief in Christ. Peter had Jesus (they were basically best friends), but—by denying him—was essentially saying he didn’t need Jesus. The travelers needed Jesus, but the way they saw it they no longer had him.
Fr. Mike explains how hope is knowing that we have Jesus and knowing that we need him. This hope can empower us to courageously get through our darkest hours.