Once upon a time, a priest friend of mine, after getting tired of hearing me yearn for more detail about the life of the Apostles and Evangelists, finally said:
"Why are you so interested in every little detail of the past? The truth is, what WE are doing today is AS important ... if not MORE important ... than those little details."
That hit me like a ton of bricks.
Now in fairness, he wasn't saying that we were more important than those folks. What he was inferring was that they already did their job. They passed the Word down to the next generation.
Now its our job to do the same.
Our Faith relies on each generation carrying out the task successfully, regardless of obstacle. The early followers faced persecution. We face indifference.
(Sometimes it is hard to tell which is worse.)
In any case, that priest's words kept echoing in my head this Easter. We read the Gospel proclaiming the Resurrection and it's easy to feel like the Easter story is over.
We write a new chapter every single day.