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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 Timothy 1, 6-18

That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift of God that you possess through the laying on of my hands.

God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power and love and self-control.

So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to our Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but share in my hardships for the sake of the gospel, relying on the power of God

who has saved us and called us to be holy -- not because of anything we ourselves had 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 been revealed only by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus. He has abolished death, and he has brought to light immortality and life through the gospel,

in whose service I have been made herald, apostle and teacher.

That is why I am experiencing my present sufferings; but I am not ashamed, because I know in whom I have put my trust, and I have no doubt at all that he is able to safeguard until that Day what I have entrusted to him.

Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

With the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, look after that precious thing given in trust.

As you know, Phygelus and Hermogenes and all the others in Asia have deserted me.

I hope the Lord will be kind to all the family of Onesiphorus, because he has often been a comfort to me and has never been ashamed of my chains.

On the contrary, as soon as he reached Rome, he searched hard for me and found me.

May the Lord grant him to find the Lord's mercy on that Day. You know better than anyone else how much he helped me at Ephesus.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Timothy’s pastoral ministry is not easy, in part because of his youth. But Paul reminds him of the "gift of God" that he was given through the laying on of hands (1 Tim 4:14), and he asks him to rekindle it with prayer, faithfulness, and dedication, so that it might burn ever more brightly and become more and more a wellspring of strength for his ministry. Paul compares the gift Timothy received to a fire, an image he had already used in the First Letter to the Thessalonians, where he compared the Spirit of God and its gifts to a fire (1 Thess 5:19). God, the apostle writes, has freely bestowed the "spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline" on Timothy to make him a wise and strong pastor. Sustained by the strength of the Lord, he will find the courage "not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord," that is, the courage to preach the Gospel of Jesus. And if he will not be ashamed of the Lord, neither will he be ashamed of the apostle, who is now a "prisoner of the Lord" and who made preaching his life’s purpose. This should be true for every disciple, as Jesus himself said, "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven" (Mt 10:32). But testifying to the Gospel always brings with it suffering. The apostle warns Timothy that he will have to join him in "suffering for the Gospel, relying on the power of God." He knows that his own blood is "already being poured out as a libation, and [that] the time of [his] departure has come" (4:6). Paul demands this same total dedication to the Lord in service of the Gospel from Timothy. With a few short lines, he traces out the work of redemption of which he has been made "a herald and an apostle, a teacher" (1 Tim. 2:7). Prison limits his ability to carry out his task, but it does not undo it, because "the word of God is not chained" (2:9). Paul is in prison like a criminal (2:9), but he is "not ashamed" of his chains; indeed, he bears them with pride. His security and his peace are in God, in whom he has put his trust. This is why he will not be disappointed. Even if he has reached the end of his days and his life could be cut off at any moment, Paul’s hold is certain and firmly convinced that the treasure entrusted to him (1:14, 1 Tim 6:20) is well guarded in the almighty hands of God "until that day," that is, until the end of the present age and the Lord’s return (1:18, 2 Thess 1:10). The Gospel that Timothy heard from Paul should be his "standard of sound teaching." Paul calls Christian preaching "sound teaching" because it is the full expression of spiritual life, immune from every seed of error, and it leads to a whole and sound life. That is how Timothy and every believer can "guard the good treasure," that is, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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