When preparing for the coming Sunday I remembered something Martin Luther once said – “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree today”. For me this quote perfectly captures the eternal hope present in the Christian faith. This hope has nothing to do with expressions like “you get pie in the sky when you die” or Karl Marx assertion that religion was an opiate for the people. Our hope for the future has nothing to do with being passive in this life. Instead, in my view, it is an incentive to be active in our everyday life to make this world a better world. Our eternal help us to press on under difficult circumstances, knowing that we are not alone. It helps us to keep despair at bay. A perfect example of this is the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer – a German theologian who became a leading spokesman for the confessing Church, the centre of Protestant resistance to the Nazis. You will hear more about him and his work this coming Sunday – so please join us for Holy Communion Service in the Cathedral at 5 pm. Readings: Isaiah 54:7-10, Hebrews 13:12-16, John 16:16-22. Welcome!