When Jesus speaks to his disciples about what is to come in history, and explains to them that this is a reason to have hope, it can be hard to find comfort in what he’s describing. At first hearing, it sounds like a cataclysm is coming which will bring destruction and turmoil. But what he’s describing are the birth pangs of a healed and restored Creation.
The Biblical stories insist that God is active in history and that there’s a purposefulness to the events that unfold. For people who see injustice and long for a new order, this is the primary reason to have hope.