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
The second reading for Mass on Sunday, the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, allowed us to hear again Paul’s voice speaking from his experience, and encouraging the younger Timothy to trust to God and live by God.
Paul speaks that Timothy might live free and confident in the Spirit.
Sometimes faced with new challenges, stressed by past experiences we can live cramped, stunted, fearful lives, going through the motions but not engaging – not giving of ourselves, (though we know the cost of even this misery!) and not open to receiving the help and hope God offers. Paul speaks to encourage us, give us new heart, to help us draw afresh from the Spirit who lives in our heart.
- What help can you receive from Paul’s words? How might you help the help make a lasting difference?
- What help do you find there that you might share with another? What? With whom? When? How?
- Bring your thoughts to God in thankful prayer.
Banner naming fruits of the Spirit. Shrewbsury Abbey. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.