Scio cui credidi, et certus sum, quia potens est depositum meum servare in illum diem.
“I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.” (2 Tim 1:12)
(Another medieval manuscript says in illa die, “on that day.”)
Most of us will not have the experience of giving our lives for our beliefs.
But even in daily life, it can be tough to let something or someone go: work, duties, friends, anything we feel connected to and responsible for.
In that sense, St. Paul’s words are not just a memory from 2000 years ago when Christians risked their lives in the Roman Empire. The chant is surprisingly calm; there is nothing disturbing, fiery, or desperate about it. The “I” of this chant has found inner peace and trust. This is the question that this feast and this chant ask: Are you convinced of what you stand for, fight for, work for, live for? And do you trust that it is worth it, even if the world opposes you?