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
- What gift(s) have you received from in Jesus Christ?
- How do you use them?
- How might you use them still better?
- Why might the Lord have given you these gifts, and perhaps withheld others?
Photograph (c) 2018, Allen Morris. Painting by Henri Martin, Toulouse.