The Faith that Moved Jarius and the Woman
If a heart is poor in human hope, it will have very little divine hope, even if it is a Christian heart.
The hope by which we hope for fidelity to Jesus Christ gives us—as a compulsory and constant citizen’s duty—the goodness of Jesus Christ, which is the human translation of divine love.
No matter who the neighbor is next to whom we must live, no matter what activities we are involved in, or works or duties we have, they do not allow us to shirk the absolute obligations of goodness. We cannot hope for love without hoping for goodness…
Often, when we speak about Jesus’ heart, we use a vocabulary that we hardly ever use to talk about love, friendship, or affection. Perhaps it is safer to revise our convictions by rereading the words of the Gospel, in order to see and to hear the beating of our Lord’s heart. This heart, which is the raison d’etre of our hope, is a heart overflowing with human hope.
We do not always notice that the Good News of the Gospel constantly crosses the Lord’s lips in words addressed to the human hopes of the human heart. The Lord proclaims the eternal Beatitudes by appealing to those who weep and hope to stop weeping, who hope for peace, who hope for justice, who hope to escape from the extremes of poverty. These are the people he calls to Christian hope.
When we address ourselves to others, The Lord does not ask us to be any less human than he is, to betray human hope any more than he did. He is a God who is faithful to the hearts he created, and their vocation to divine hope is not a betrayal of their human hope. In his school, we learn to place our hearts in listening attention to the hearts of others, in order to hear their whispered hopes. We learn to recognize in these hearts the prefiguration of Christian hope.