Speak Lord: hope and its reasons

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The second reading at tomorrow’s Mass invites us to love God, and be ready to love others, even when they do not love us. We have responsibilities for their well-being, even if they are careless of ours.

Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

Why, Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

1 Peter 3:15-18

  •  What is your hope? What makes a realistic hope? What places it in doubt (if anything)?
  • What accusations could people bring against you – in all justice? How/when do you yourself bring those things before God?



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