Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1
In reading today’s Eucharistic gospel passage (Hebrews 10:35-11:1), especially as someone living in our nation’s capital, I cannot help but draw some significant comparisons between the message contained therein and the coming changes to our national government. The reading starts by prompting us “Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward.” Which could, frankly, be interpreted positively regardless of your political leanings: for some a sense of satisfaction in victory, and for others, a call to find strength in their inherent beliefs and principles. From either standpoint, this is bolstered by the declaration that, “For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” To me, this relates closely to the thought that, now that the election is complete, the real, hard, and enduring work of actually governing is about to begin.
Whatever your political lens happens to be, this passage reminds us all fundamentally that, “…my righteous one will live by faith. My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back.” That, in fact, “…we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.”
None of us can say with certainty what the future will bring, but for me, as someone who regularly struggles to internally process his concept of faith, I am heartened by the idea that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” That in our existence, filled with so many unknowns, both my hopes for the future and the strength of my convictions play an integral role in faith itself.