For you are my hope, O Lord (Psalm 71:5)Reflections from the Shrine
Hope in God, even when it seems difficult to muster, has sustained many devotees of St. Jude seeking prayers at the National Shrine of St. Jude. Many devotees of St. Jude have challenging experiences that drive them to the point of hopelessness. As a devotee of St. Jude, Taylor’s family struggled with many hardships, but always kept their faith in God. Taylor and his wife Debbie were laid off from their jobs one month apart. It was a difficult experience to cope with as they sought answers as to why this was happening to them. With a family to care for, Taylor asked God many questions. The family was behind in their mortgage and struggled with the fear of losing their home. Within this time, Taylor’s health deteriorated; his blood sugar went up and he had to be placed on medication for diabetes. Nothing was going right for Taylor and his family. Whatever effort they made to keep their heads above water and keep themselves afloat sinks right before them. Through it all, Taylor and his family admit that God was the rock that held them together (Psalm 71:3). God was the strength that pushed them to persevere during their difficult times. As Taylor prepares to interview for a new job this month, in a position that he has skills for, he admits that it is his hope in God that has made this possible.
Hope in God does not disappoint (Rom 5:5), rather hope in God has saved many people from depression. It has saved many people from giving up on themselves and on life. When the demand of daily life becomes challenging, turn to God in prayer for strength and courage to weather the storm of hardship that has besieged you. For God is our strength, our fortress (Psalm 71:3) and always answers us in our time of need. When we are burdened with the challenges of daily living, let us remember that God is waiting to help us. God, through Jesus Christ, has guaranteed us of divine help. God himself has asked us to come to him with our burdens and challenges to receive help and deliverance (Matt 11:28). Jesus encourages us to always ask and seek the help of God in our moments of trials and we shall receive help because God will always grants the request of those who seek divine favor (Luke 11:9-10).
At the National Shrine of St. Jude, we are committed to praying with you and hope that through the intercession of St. Jude, we all shall experience divine providence in our lives. Join us in prayer by sending your petitions and Mass requests to the Shrine of St. Jude. We believe that it is only hope in God that shall deliver us (Rom 8:24) from the burdens we bear and the challenges we face.
Fr. Ferdinand Okorie, CMF
National Shrine of St. Jude