My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.
The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
2nd Reading for Feast of Ss Peter and Paul
2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18
Paul has poured away his life in offering; he has fought the good fight, but the greatest gift is that which is given by the Lord.
It is the Lord’s power and faithfulness that makes all things possible.
Paul has learnt to trust to that. And he seeks to share the knowledge he has gained and that gives him life.
Enamel. Musee Dobree, Nantes. Photograph (c) 2016, Allen Morris