Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Recently, I got so many prayer requests not only from my brothers and sisters in the community but also those from friends and other colleagues. I am surprised, that even those persons I am not known to be active in their living of faith, is also asking for prayers now.
Are they also aware that Christians all over the world led by the Roman Catholic Church is celebrating ‘Year of Faith‘?
The Year of Faith was declared by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei. It began on October 11, 2012 and will conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. (many thanks to http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-of-faith/)
Are we in one with the whole Church in this celebration? We can do this by showing to the world our hope. Hope that can be offered in the world that we are living today, where there are evidence of evil in sins, sickness, death, struggle for survival and even sadness. But if this world ask, what is your hope?
Our hope rests not on a thing (or latest gadget), but on Someone…
Christ Jesus, who is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1)
It is not too late for each one of us to accept this invitation from Jesus Christ to have a personal encounter with Him, to talk to Him, to seek His face. And you will find the peace, wealth, and joy that you can even experience in this lifetime more than this world can offer through prayer.
The conversation below, I recall repeating not only once but many times to everyone I meet:
Colleague, Officemate, Friend, Relative (or even Stranger): What, are you really serious? I will communicate with Jesus through prayer?!
Me: Yes, I must say. Continue to seek Him everyday in prayer. The very same way you would like yourself to introduce and know Jesus as a living person.
(Just like what you see in the picture below…)
Everyone of us should not stop in sharing the hope that is in us. A hope that is continually challenged in our everyday living (at this time of writing, I have my fit of coughing…)
Can we be a ‘church at prayer’ also for our leadership in the Church as well? Pope Benedict XVI announced yesterday that: “Well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of St Peter …
“As from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours (1900 GMT) the See of Rome, the See of St. Peter will be vacant and a conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.” ( many thanks to http://sg.news.yahoo.com/pope-benedict-resign-spokesman-110408359.html?cache=clear)
Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us! Amen.