Hope for Our Resurrection
We are pilgrim travelers in this life, running on toward our ending in death; we have no permanence in time. So we have to have the light of most holy faith if we would reach our goal without the darkness getting in our way. But it must be a living faith, that is, a faith accompanied by good deeds since the saints say that faith without deeds is dead. We have believed that God is God; that he created us in his own image and likeness; that he gave us the Word, his only-begotten Son; that [this Word] was born from Mary’s dear womb and died on the wood of the most holy cross to free us from death and give us the life of grace that we had lost because of Adam’s disobedience; that because of the Word’s obedience we all contracted grace just as in the beginning we had all contracted death because of the first sin. And to give us hope for our resurrection on the final day of judgment, he revealed to us his own resurrection. So as soon as we have so sweetly acquired the light of faith and seen how unspeakably much God loves us, we fall in love with this great light, this wonderful love God has for us.
With this same vision we begin to see that God wants only that we be made holy. Whatever he gives or permits in this life he gives for this purpose: trial as well as consolation, hurt and mockery and abuse, the world’s harassments and the devil’s temptations, hunger and thirst; illness and poverty as well as pleasure and prosperity. God permits all of these for our good.