¨ We need to look at ourselves and at others with hopeful eyes. God’s good work has only begun in us. We are a work in progress, and, in spite of our failings, God will keep on working to bring the good work he has been doing in ourselves to completion. We just need to co-operate with the working of grace in our lives. Our salvation is in God’s hands and we can be confident that it will be brought to completion. By the end of our life this work will be complete, and we will have reached what St Paul calls, ‘the perfect goodness which Jesus Christ produces in us’.