|JESUS CHRIST - GREATER KNOWLEDGE OF HIM DEEPENS OUR FAITH|
Think about the canonised Saints who spent their lives in trying to know Him better.Think about the disciples and Apostles who followed Him for three years and still did not understand Him until the Descent of the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost. If they did not fully understand Him,surely, with all the distractions of our world, there is at least a possibility that we will also fail without we take exceptional measures.
And this is not just a modern need. It has obviously always been so. It is for this reason that we hear the Church described as "semper reformanda", that is "always needing to be reformed"our Faith is always imperfect and in need of renewal and deepening.Read what was written 334years ago by Father Nicola Avancini S.J. in his "The Life and Teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ"which was aimed at Religious but is just as effective for lay folk :
"The mark of a good disciple is to have perfect possession of the Master's teaching, and for us to have this knowledge we must know that we have it. Do we know that we know what Christ taught? How is it then , that we love so half-heartedly? How is it that we follow the errors of a world directly opposed to the teaching of our Master? We do not yet know that we know. In order to prove ourselves true disciples we must put our Faith into practice."
If you still think your personal position in relation Jesus is even satisfactory, then you can be sure it is NOT.
There are moments of immense Grace to be had in reading the Gospels, and hearing them read in the course of the Sacred Liturgy.Let us consider the words "Learn of Me for I am meek and humble of heart." We are face to face with God made man, and He IS INSTRUCTING US IN HOW TO LIVE OUR Lives . ARE WE TO SAY "NO"? Of course we would not dream of it.........but, what do we do about it? The same view could be taken of our response in so many things.
For all these reasons and more, Pope Benedict XVI announced in the Motu Proprio "PORTA FIDEI"("THE DOOR OF FAITH") , the YEAR OF FAITH to begin next October , 2012.
To help you reflect on the letter and the YEAR OF FAITH, we have set up the Blog " PORTAFIDEI.BLOGSPOT" : http://portafidei.blogspot.com/
Please do take the time to visit PORTA FIDEI and get active about knowing Him more thoroughly and doing His Will sooner and more effectively. That is what our Faith is all about. Be prepared to heed the call of Christ's Vicar on earth! Be ready for the beginning of the Year of Faith , ready to REALISE your FAITH , to paraphrase Abe Lincoln when he spoke about time - " Don't waste the Year of Faith, its the stuff Eternal Life is made of!"