During the days of the Paschal Mystery, Christ kept his disciples in mind, and he tended to Peter, reassuring and preparing him. Through the apostolic heritage, we observe a Year of Faith until November 2013. It brings us an opportunity, as we explore the opportunity to recover the light of faith, or rather, elements of it thought to be lost:
5. Christ, on the eve of his passion, assured Peter: “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail” (Lk 22:32). He then told him to strengthen his brothers and sisters in that same faith. Conscious of the duty entrusted to the Successor of Peter, Benedict XVI proclaimed the present Year of Faith, a time of grace which is helping us to sense the great joy of believing and to renew our wonder at the vast horizons which faith opens up, so as then to profess that faith in its unity and integrity, faithful to the memory of the Lord and sustained by his presence and by the working of the Holy Spirit. The conviction born of a faith which brings grandeur and fulfilment to life, a faith centred on Christ and on the power of his grace, inspired the mission of the first Christians. In the acts of the martyrs, we read the following dialogue between the Roman prefect Rusticus and a Christian named Hierax: “‘Where are your parents?’, the judge asked the martyr. He replied: ‘Our true father is Christ, and our mother is faith in him’”.[Acta Sanctorum, Junii, I, 21] For those early Christians, faith, as an encounter with the living God revealed in Christ, was indeed a “mother”, for it had brought them to the light and given birth within them to divine life, a new experience and a luminous vision of existence for which they were prepared to bear public witness to the end.
Our heritage includes Christ as the root of our lives, as well as the apostles and martyrs. These early centuries found a Church full of life in the Spirit, and ready to witness, to be a light in the world.
What do you think it will take to return to the hope, energy, and inspiration of those days long past. Perhaps our perspective of them, now rosy and golden, makes them something more than they were for the people living in them. Still, an ideal for which we strive.