Life is a deep paradox, a maelstrom of contradictions.
The good coexists side by side with the evil.
Joys come along with pain and tears are never far from our smiles and laughter.
And all around, life does often at seem unfair.
Even the Gospel tells us:
“I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given;
but from those who have nothing,
even what they have will be taken away.”
The world today would define success
in terms of net worth, wealth, power and fame.
There are still those many who would define success
in terms of service to others, generosity, compassion, forgiveness and humility.
They are invariably labeled as rebels, dreamers, fools or revolutionaries.
And some of them end up being assassinated or even crucified.
But they have changed more lives and inspired more people than the former.
We sometimes wish for the journey to come to an end soon;
but it is a long and winding road ahead.
I realize that Faith is the greatest gift we can receive from God for the journey
– yes, Faith is a gift, a grace, a blessing!
Love is the greatest lesson we can learn
to make the journey worthwhile and meaningful.
And then, we can realistically Hope for everlasting life.