Lately, as I lose faith, I gain hope — if that makes sense. Oftentimes, I see people confusing faith with fact. It is not. Our Christian hope cannot be proved in accordance with modern notions of fact, nor should it be — because then it moves into another realm. And frankly, heresy begins when we bring order to the Mystery.
When Jesus told the disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them (and us), they could not see it. They could not prove it. And they would never be able to. Yet, they hoped. They had hope in Christ that this place would be theirs.
The analogy of the hopes that we can have fail at the decisive point in exactly the same way as the analogies of our ideas of lordship, creation and reconciliation. It cannot be carried through as an analogy of God. If there is real hope, hope which has content and substance, a confident, joyful, active looking to the future, then this future is the future of God the Redeemer.
In our season of distress, let hope and not fear grow among you. Hope most end in God.