MANILA, June 13, 2014 – Wishes and hopes, aren’t they the same? According to Manila Archbishop Cardinal Tagle, a certain person named Jesus spells the difference.
“We wish for that, but wishes are not hope. People may have many wishes but not have hope,” he said at a June 10 press conference on the upcoming 51st International Eucharistic Conference (IEC).
Hoping in a person
According to Tagle, who was present together with the three other Filipino cardinals, even English shows the difference between wishing and hoping.
“Even grammatically, in English, we say ‘I wish that’, but you say ‘I hope in’. We only hope in a person. We hope in God,” he said, noting that the IEC’s theme on hope, “Jesus in us, the hope of glory”, is such with good reason.
Tagle, who shared he was able to attend the last two IECs, the one in Quebec, Canada and Dublin, Ireland, said the fact that God has “already come to us” is already a “greater reason for hope.”
Hope never fails
“We are not hoping in someone who is distant, someone is cold…We place our hope in someone who has been a refugee, someone who was betrayed, someone who was homeless, someone who was the object of ridicule, someone who was killed but someone whom God raised back to life. He is in us that’s why we have hope,” he added.
The theme of the IEC, Tagle noted, is “not about fleeting caprice and wishes, but about the deepest thing that defines a human being and a society – hope.”
“Many of our wishes will not come true, but our hope will never fail. And we hope we will have that strong message as we prepare for the International Eucharistic Congress through our lives, through our relationships, through the dynamism of Jesus who is in us,” he said in closing.
The 51st IEC will be held in Cebu City on January 24 – 31, 2016.
The event is expected to draw as many as 15,000 local and international delegates. (CBCP News)