I am reminding you to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God.
Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
It is not every Sunday that there is a direct relationship between the second reading and the other elements of the Liturgy of the Word. The Gospel (generally) is chosen on the principle of each Sunday offering the next part of a semi-continuous reading of the Gospel of the Year, and the first reading and psalm and verse of the Gospel Acclamation chosen to prepare us in some way or other for hearing that reading. The second reading is from a semi continuous reading of one of the Epistles.
But this week, the week of the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, it so happens that the second reading too relates to a principal concern of the other readings: that we should live the faith we have been given.
St Paul urges Timothy and us to recognise the supernatural gifts we have been given, and our natural ones! And he urges us to put them to good use.
- What gifts do you know you have?
- Would you see them as natural or supernatural? Or both?
- How do you use them?
- For whom do you use them?
Stained glass window in the Anglican parish church of Lindisfarne. (c) 2007, Allen Morris