“According to who received each spiritual gift, be of good service to one another, that you may be good custodians of the many graces of God. Let him who speak, speak the words of God. If you serve, serve with the power that God gives you so that all may become the glory of God through Jesus Christ”. (1Pet 4:10-11)
In his sermon on Thursday's laudes of the Eucharistic Congress, Archbishop György Udvardy drew attention to the gift of hope.
Hope is a divine virtue, through which we long for the kingdom of heaven and eternal life, the archbishop said, adding, "Our hope is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of our resurrection."
The high priest asked the question: what place does the future occupy in my life, in which the future is a heavenly home, an eternal life where we will become like God? He stressed that hope is anchored to the other side, yet it shapes our present.
Hope includes all desires, desires that lead to happiness, protect against discouragement, support in helplessness, expand the heart in the desire for eternal happiness, preserve selfishness, and lead to the practice of love, listed Archbishop György Udvardy.
He pointed out, there are plenty of hopeless people to meet, signs of fading hope and a desire for hope are present in the world at the same time. He pointed out that “we cannot help everyone, but only we can give hope,” and then underlined that Christ is the embodiment of hope in the Eucharist, and therefore the man who feeds on the Eucharist is the worker of hope
for the world.
“Our only hope is Christ!” - György Udvardy closed his homily on Thursday morning.
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