Of all the books of the Bible, we Christians place a greater focus on the Gospels, since they present the life and teachings of the Lord. Then, after the Gospels, we typically look to the Letters of St. Paul. Not only because his writings take up a great portion of the New Testament, but also because he addresses so many important aspects of the Faith. Since all Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit, we ought not neglect the other books. St. Peter wrote two letters which are in the New Testament, and we have been reading from his first letter each Sunday throughout this Easter season. In today’s reading, St. Peter says, “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.” What does this mean? Simply, that you should know your Faith, and live your Faith. The two are closely connected. Too many Catholics have accepted the teachings and the practices of the secular culture! We need to be vigorous in our Catholic Faith. I strongly recommend that all adult Catholics should own a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Then, read from it regularly and strive – with the help of God’s Grace – to live that Faith truly.
After nearly two months of the coronavirus “shutdown”, one might be excused for being frustrated, confused, discouraged, or even angry. The Christian must beg, therefore, the consolation of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel recounts how our Lord promised His disciples that “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,” Who would strengthen them and teach them. So, continue to pray! And pray especially for the Holy Spirit: “Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful! Enkindle in them the fire of Your Love!”
May God bless you! Fr. Schaller