BEING REMINDED


“…You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. …Therefore I intend to keep on reminding you of these things, though you know them already and are established in the truth that has come to you.” (2 Pet 1: 5-8, 12)

This passage made me think today: Why the repetitiveness of the feasts and texts of the Church’s liturgical calendar, which repeats itself year after year? Because my faith is supported by hearing/reading the same Scriptures, celebrating the same feasts, and being “re-minded” of the same saints and salvific events, over and over again. I need to be “re-minded,” to have brought once again to my mind, which is ever-changing, the central stories and persons of Salvation History, most centrally of the Person of Jesus Christ, so that my own story and person have renewed direction and meaning. Together with practicing the virtues of faith, goodness, self-control, mutual affection, love, and so on, it is the knowledge and remembrance of the common Christian story, which lives on in the Body of Christ, that gives direction and meaning to my daily life.

Let me make a small effort today, once again to “re-mind” myself of “the truth that has come to me,” as the Apostle Peter says here, so that my life is not “ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Since my mind is ever-changing, from minute to minute, I can’t build today on the liturgy or readings of last Sunday, which “I know already.” I read a bit of Scripture today, once again, and discover it anew in my life.

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