With me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy – not because of anything we ourselves have done but for his own purpose and by his own grace.
This grace had already been granted to us, in Christ Jesus, before the beginning of time, but it has only been revealed by the Appearing of our saviour Christ Jesus.
He abolished death, and he has proclaimed life and immortality through the Good News.
2 Timothy 1:8-10
The second reading on the Second Sunday of Lent reminds us – if we need reminding – that the way of the disciple is not always an easy one!
We have our struggles and hardships. But these are borne alongside Christ, and the saints, indeed the whole Church. We are in this together.
And we are on our way to sharing still more in the victory won by Christ and for us. Our struggles – our successes and our failures – all play their part in helping us to what is promised us, as we journey together with Christ.
- What presently is your greatest burden? In prayer remind the Lord of this and ask again his help.
Our Lady of Sorrows. Tikhvin Cemetery, St Petersburg, Russia. (c) 2015, Allen Morris