“Herod the tetrarch learned of everything that was happening,
and was very perplexed because some said:
“John has risen from the dead”;
others said: “Elijah has appeared”;
and others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “I beheaded John.
Who, then, is this of whom I hear such things?
And he kept trying to see it. “(Luke 9: 7-9)
My previous posts have been rich in strengths of character and virtues from the field of positive psychology. Often I even find myself having to drop some of them, although sometimes it is tempting to include all twenty-four. Ultimately, I tend to focus on the ones that stand out the most.
Interestingly, this is not a problem that I ran into today. In fact, after my reflection on this verse, it is the strength of the character of hope that stands out the most, which is framed by the virtue of transcendence. There is hope that people like John the Baptist and Jesus himself have risen from the dead, although no one seems to attest that a similar event happened in more contemporary times. And in the end, there is hope of eternal life with our Lord and Savior, free from affliction and in eternal happiness and fulfillment.
In my opinion, it is very valuable to live with this hope every day and share it with others. Without this hope that Jesus gave us, we tend to put our hope in temporary, unsecured, or even unhealthy sources of hope. Maybe we’ll finally get that job promotion we’ve been desperately trying to earn for years, only to find that the gratification associated with this reward is only temporary and leaves us looking for the next promotion. Or maybe we place our hope in having grandchildren, only to find that the children we depend on for this purpose have no similar goals in mind. And on the unhealthy side of things, maybe we put our hope into a political candidate or even a sports team to win their elections / championships, only to leave us depressed when any of these sources of hope don’t beat your opponents.
Fortunately, putting our hope in Jesus rising from the dead, our hope it is throughout our lives, and hopefully fulfilled when we finally pass away. This is true at least for our entire life on Earth, and hopefully true also for eternity. Therefore, our hope in Jesus rising from the dead to give us new life is not temporary. God’s word is guaranteed in the sense that it has been written for us and is easily accessible to anyone who is willing to listen. It will never be destroyed, not even by the intense efforts to eradicate it by those who have opposed it throughout history and today. And finally, the word of God is much healthier than other sources of hope because Jesus promises to “seek and you will find” (Matthew 7: 7) and “ask, and it will be given to you” (Luke 11: 9). He died a heinous death on the cross to allow us to live our lives with this hope.
And then i hope in which everyone has found this writing hope Be resourceful in your own lives. In fact, it is a strength of character in the field of positive psychology. And even before positive psychology, it has been considered virtuous for millennia in Christianity. St. Paul preaches hope throughout the Acts of the Apostles by proclaiming to others that Jesus has really risen from the dead. You can even start a rosary prayer to validate what’s important hope It is like a virtue, which has been prayed for centuries in Catholicism. This is specifically when they offer Hail Mary prayers to increase the virtues of faith, hope, and charity. I appreciate any thoughts you may have on this content for today, I hope you are doing well and God bless you.