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
The passage from Paul’s letter which we heard on Sunday, the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, reminded of the intense identification with Christ that sustained Paul in his mission and discipleship.
Not only an identification in which Paul allied himself with the person and teaching of Jesus, but in which Jesus actively conformed Paul to himself.
Through Baptism, through Eucharist, through all the Sacraments, Jesus seeks to be an active principle in our lives. He gives himself, that we might become ouselves in him.
Even when we are unfaithful, the remedy to our faithlessness and sin is Him. Ever faithful, ever desirous of our well being, he sustains us and draws us home.
Font, Utrecht, Netherlands. (c) 2003, Allen Morris.