Many people define hope as merely "wishing for the best." They will say things like, "I hope you have a good day" or "I hope it doesn't rain on the picnic." While those may seem nice and friendly things to say, such wishful sentiments have no power to accomplish anything.
The Catholic symbol for hope is an anchor. Our understanding of hope is that it is based upon something more sure, fixed, and dependable.
Consider, for example, that you want to cut down a tree and all that you have in your tool shed are a chainsaw, an oil rag, and a bicycle horn. Your greatest hope for chopping down that tree is the chainsaw.
Easter is the season that asks us, "What is your greatest hope? Where is the best chance for you to find happiness, peace, meaning, help, beauty, and strength for your life?"
Catholic hope is not a “wish-so” but a “know-so.” It is not crossing my fingers and very sincerely wanting things to turn out well. It is having the assurance that the greatest blessings come to us in Jesus Christ – and so come what may we remain anchored to Him.
So often we live our lives as if we’re trying to chop down a tree with a bicycle horn. Throughout this season of Easter may we grow more and more to recognize where our greatest hope is.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” – Romans 15:13