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New Car
I forgot to blog about this but my family bought a brand new family car and its the

Toyota Kulger 2010 FWD in Grey

I dont have any photos because I cbb but we checked in our old car for this one and we picked up the car on saturday.

The car is pretty decent and the interior is pretty since my family havent had a brand new car in ages! we always second hand ours

so since that talk is over.

For the past three weeks at church, hmmm should I say moral of the gospel thats found on the side of the pamphlet had been very interesting and I havent had the time to post it up but I'll post today's one up.

This is about hope and base on the bible passage of Lk 21:5-19

Among the frightening things said by Christian leaders in the USA following the bombing of the World Trade Centre was that 'God turned away from America because we have turned away from God' and that 'God sent these acts as a wake-up call for us to live righteous lives and return to Him.'

One went as far as to confidently assert that, 'September 11 tells us we are living in end times.' We all have different reactions to shock and grief. Everyone asks, 'Why is this happening to us?' when tragedy strikes on any scale. Christian ministers, who should know better, must never resort to bad theology to further their own social and political agendas. They give us all a bad name.

For as long as I can remember there have been people predicting the end of the world. Whenever there is a tidal wave, cyclone, hurricane, earthquake or other natural disasters, someone declares that 'the end is nigh'. Just recall the Year 2000. Never mind that the dating of our calendar is out and so that the 2000th year occurred in 1996. The truth rarely gets in the road of the doomsday story. Sadly for us they usually invoke today's Gospel to support their case. The good news for us is that we are still waiting for the end of time. The good news for doomsday prophets is that one day they're going to be right!

We know from a variety of documents around the time of Jesus that the people of Palestine thought the world was soon coming to an end. Given they were being persecuted under an occupying Roman army and that their nation was in tatters, they seemed to have a better cause for this view than we do. In today's Gospel Jesus speaks to a demoralised people who thought, and maybe hoped, that it would all be over soon. In such a context, people are liable to follow the loudest voice to what appears like the safest place and so Jesus offers us the hope of God's fidelity whatever suffering we may endure.

We are challenged to counter despair, not place our trust in things or institutions which we can see but to not be afraid and stand up for faith and hope. When bad things happen to good people, when they happen to us, we have choices. We can give into desolation, depression and despair. Some of us make a life-long career out of it. This is understandable and tragic. Or we can choose to hope. Christian hope is not about 'pie in the sky when we die'. It is not about 'putting on a happy face, come what may'. St Augustine tells us hope is based on the justice God wants in the world, and will see done in the next.

Interestingly, one of the signs Jesus speaks about in today's Gospel is famine. We have known for thirty years that if we all lived justly and shared our abundance, we could have seen an end to starvation. We choose otherwise and sometimes blame God. St Thomas Aquinas teaches us that hope along with faith and love, is one of the prongs in the anchor of Christian belief. No matter how stormy are the waters, how much we are tossed and buffeted by life's winds, this anchor keeps us rooted in God until calmer seas return.

Hope is about holding on, come what may. Today's Gospel is not interested in a timetable for disaster. It's about encouraging us to drop the anchor of hope overboard when the times get tough. May this Eucharist help uo to keep choosing to hope until the end of time.

With love,