Remember the Good News that I carry, ‘Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David’; it is on account of this that I have my own hardships to bear, even to being chained like a criminal – but they cannot chain up God’s news. So I bear it all for the sake of those who are chosen, so that in the end they may have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus and the eternal glory that comes with it.
Here is a saying that you can rely on:
If we have died with him, then we shall live with him.
If we hold firm, then we shall reign with him.
If we disown him, then he will disown us.
We may be unfaithful, but he is always faithful,
for he cannot disown his own self.
2 Timothy 2:8-13
This reading is the second reading on Sunday, the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Paul offers strong and positive encouragement to the younger Timothy, as he takes up his responsibilities as leader in the Church.
If responsibilities sometimes seem burdensome and constraing, Paul reminds that Christian responsibility, finally, is about freedom and new life.
- What burdens weigh you down?
- How are they helping you – and others – to freedom?
- How else does God help and support you?
Croziers, Lourdes. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.