As Christians, we need to be like Boy Scouts. Be prepared. It’s the theme of Advent. Stay awake! Be ready! We see a very good reminder of that theme in our second reading today from 1 Peter 3.
“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.”
St. Peter’s exhortation presupposes that we know HOW to give an explanation for our hope. I’m not so sure this is always the case. How well do you know your faith? Are you ever questioned about it? If so, do you know how to respond? We don’t all have to be Scripture scholars or theologians, but I believe that we must always be learning more about our faith. And when we’re asked a reason for our hope, be able to help others understand why we believe what we profess.
Father, give us an always greater hunger to know our faith, that we may draw others to the marvelous truths that we hold dear. Amen.