“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.” (Hebrews 12:1-4)
The article Faith of the Ancients mentions some Faith witnesses of the Old Testament in Chapter 11 of The Letter to the Hebrews. Christian life is to inspired not only by men and women in Old Testament, but above all by Jesus. As the architect of Christian faith, He had himself to endure the cross before receiving the glory of His triumph. Reflection on His Suffering should give us courage to continue the struggle, if necessary, even to the shedding of blood. Christians should regard their own sufferings as the affectionate correction of the Lord, who loves them as a father loves his children.
The author of The Letter to the Hebrews urges us to Preserve the Faith, and I escalate the cause to strengthen our Faith in The End Times. Let us keep our sights on our salvation emulating Christ, our Savior, and letting His blood wash away our sins.
Christians are persecuted worldwide today, some to martyrdom, because of our Faith. Let us pray for them, especially during the Mass Prayer of the Faithful, so that the Holy Spirit might generously bless them with Fortitude.