As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses.
Now, before God the source of all life and before Christ, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who at the due time will be revealed
by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all,
the King of kings and the Lord of lords,
who alone is immortal,
whose home is in inaccessible light,
whom no man has seen and no man is able to see:
to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:11-16
The second reading we heard on Sunday, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, urges those who listen to fight the good fight.
The language of violence can lead to actions that utterly betray the Gospel of love and service. And it can lead people to extraordinary selflessness and sacrifice for the sake of love and the whole human family.
We hear the call, and hearing it take responsibility for how we answer it.
- What is the ‘fight’ you fight today?
- For whom?
- Against what?
- In what way do you fight and what does it cost you?
Bring your responses to God in prayer.
War memorial in Lichfield Cathedral. (c) 2016, Allen Morris