Speak Lord: Draw us on

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.

2nd reading for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14

It is not our task to stand passively by.

Through the Sacraments God lives in us and we in God. The Spirit, and the Spirit’s gifts, are shared with us that we may strive for faithfulness, with confidence we will not strive in vain. Even when we seem to fail, our striving witnesses to the virtue of God’s ways…

Photograph (c) 2019, Allen Morris. Trades Union Banner – Cardinal Manning Lodge. People’s Museum, Manchester.

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