Acts 10:34A, 37-43
The experience of visiting the hospitals and the elderly homes often resembles Mary’s initial empty-tomb experience. A sense of hopelessness often fills the air. People’s eyes look empty. Like Jesus' desolate utterance on the cross - "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46) - you can almost hear by looking into their eyes their despairing cry for help. Patients who are suffering from terminal illness or elderly who are suffering from loneliness because of the abandonment by the family lose hope in life. As a consequence, we should not be surprised if there will be strong demand for physician assisted suicide in the future.
On the other hand, a chat with those more positive patients often reveals that the unwavering support and companionship of the family/friends is what gives them courage to live on. Mary’s intimate encounter with Christ cast out all her darkness and grief. In like manner, many people who are on the brink of despair desperately need to encounter Christ and be transformed.
Easter is a season of hope. Just as Mother Teresa brought hope to the dying, the sick, and the neglected, let us also reach out and become Christ to those who are desolate or feeling helpless, bringing the compassionate presence of the Risen Lord to the world.