Today is the first day of Spring. The more temperate climates, it heralds the warming of weather. Deciduous trees begin to blossom and burst into leaves.
The days get longer.
Here in the tropics of Northern Australia, the changes are not as dramatic but nonetheless still real.
Spring is associated with new life and hope.
So often we can get weighed down with the burdens of life. We hear bad news on social media and various other ways of communication.
Bad things happen to people we know.
We have broken dreams and disappointments.
We experience health challenges for ourselves or for others.
We get disappointed with our own bad choices or those of others. We experience various forms of grief.
The virtue of hope is so necessary for our wellbeing and happiness.
There are many things that help us to be hope-filled. The love of people in our lives, an acceptance of things and seeing the good that is there despite challenges.
Even more, Jesus reveals to us that we are deeply loved and unconditionally loved.
His resurrection reminds us that nothing of who we are will be lost.
We are children of resurrection even when we share in the passion and death.
Hope and love are eternal.