"Going forth," "giving a reason for our hope"

Elsa Tosi de Muzio



Abstract: "In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)


To "give a reason for our hope" confronts us with questions, amongst others, the question "Why do we hope?" in human terms, the answer could be aligned to effective ties, to favourable circumstances, to self-confidence, to the support of others, so as to achieve the results for which we have been seeking or hoping. Since Peter’s exhortation, the answer however, acquires another dimension: it goes beyond finite limits, "because hope relies, not only on human resources, but seeks to tune into God’s action which gathers our intentions and integrates them into His plan of salvation." (Cardinal Bergoglio, La Nación por construir, 2005)...