For the past three Sundays in lent we have been on a journey of hope. We know that hope is confident expectancy. Christian hope comes from God (Rom. 13:13), from His grace and His gospel. (Eph. 2:12; 1 Tess. 4:13). This week we define hope as knowing that God loves us. We constantly live in the confident expectancy that God’s love and mercy is always with us. As Pope Francis stated in his August 15, 2015 homily, “If in creation the Father has given us the proof of his great love by giving us life, in the passion of his Son he has given us the sum of all proofs: he has come to suffer and die for us.” The Pope continued, “And this love that is so great is the mercy of God, because he loves us, he forgives us.” Hope, then, is the expectancy of something already fulfilled. God has shown His love for us. Therefore, we must live in hope, knowing that God loves us.