May 15 Petition Mission

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God…” (1 Pet 1:3-5).

Do you ever feel that you’ve been given a dessert so rich that you can’t take it all at one sitting? Think of the disciples after the Cross. Their hope had died with their Master and seemed buried in His grave. As the two Emmaus travelers put it, “We were hoping” (Lk 24:21). But this hope was restored, “begotten again” by the certainty of His resurrection.

And with that hope we also have an inheritance that should make any disappointment in this world lose its sting. It is “incorruptible,” for no force can erode it; it is “undefiled,” for no sin can corrupt it; it “does not fade away,” for no time can erase it. By God’s power it is kept for us, and we are kept for it.