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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 2, 14-26

Remind them of this; and tell them in the name of God that there must be no wrangling about words: all that this ever achieves is the destruction of those who are listening.

Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who has no need to be ashamed, but who keeps the message of truth on a straight path.

Have nothing to do with godless philosophical discussions -- they only lead further and further away from true religion.

Talk of this kind spreads corruption like gangrene, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus,

the men who have gone astray from the truth, claiming that the resurrection has already taken place. They are upsetting some people's faith.

However, God's solid foundation-stone stands firm, and this is the seal on it: 'The Lord knows those who are his own' and 'All who call on the name of the Lord must avoid evil.'

Not all the dishes in a large house are made of gold and silver; some are made of wood or earthenware: the former are held in honour, the latter held cheap.

If someone holds himself aloof from these faults I speak of, he will be a vessel held in honour, dedicated and fit for the Master, ready for any good work.

Turn away from the passions of youth, concentrate on uprightness, faith, love and peace, in union with all those who call on the Lord with a pure heart.

Avoid these foolish and undisciplined speculations, understanding that they only give rise to quarrels;

and a servant of the Lord must not engage in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and patient.

He must be gentle when he corrects people who oppose him, in the hope that God may give them a change of mind so that they recognise the truth

and come to their senses, escaping the trap of the devil who made them his captives and subjected them to his will.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul gives Timothy some instructions on how he should oppose the false teachers that threaten the uniqueness of the Gospel and the unity of the community with their arguments. He urges him to remind them of the centrality of the Gospel, that is, what he just said about the death and resurrection of Jesus. He should not get lost in "stupid" and "senseless" controversies, in debates and arguments distant from the central mystery of the faith. These debates, in fact, do not help anyone grow in love or gain salvation, but create new obstacles and "ruin those who are listening." Paul does not invite Timothy to be a good debater, he tells him to present himself "as one approved by God," that is, as a "worker who has no need to be ashamed" and a faithful and scrupulous preacher of the Gospel. It is not a matter of repeating abstract truths, but touching people’s hearts and minds with words that are full of life so that they will convert to Christ and follow him. If he completes this mission, Timothy "will not be ashamed," but instead will be a strong worker, someone who is "approved" and who will remain steadfast "before God." Paul insists that he "avoid profane chatter," because chatter is not harmless. On the contrary, it corrodes the communion with Jesus and between the brothers and sisters and it increases loneliness and enmity. Paul reminds him of two concrete cases: Hymenaeus, whom he had already excluded from the community of the Church (1 Tim 1:20), and Philetus. Both of these men had ended up relegating the resurrection to a purely spiritual plane and abandoning the mystery of the resurrection of the flesh. In doing so, that had emptied the resurrection of meaning. The community is founded on this mystery, which is the "bulwark" set by God (1 Tim 3:15). Paul reminds him that every community is marked by the seal of God. Just as people used to carve or write formulas of consecration on temples and houses, so the Church was marked by the seal of God with two inscriptions. The first (taken from the Book of Numbers 16:5), "God will make known who is his," expresses the security of those who dwell in the house of the Lord, a security that comes from their being loved, guarded, and defended by God. The second inscription recalls the need to keep oneself pure from all "sin and injustice." We should not be surprised that there are problems in the Church; Paul writes that it is like a great "house" with very different kinds of utensils. Of course, those who lose themselves in "wrangling over words" (2:14) and in "profane chatter" (2:16) are like "worthless utensils for vile uses;" on the contrary, those who trust in God are like the utensils for "special use" and prepared for "every good work." Timothy himself needs to be exemplary, "shunning youthful passion" and letting himself be guided by love, the Spirit of Jesus, and "pursuing righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord." It is especially in prayer that pastoral wisdom and responsibility towards the community will mature in him. By being faithful to prayer and listening to the Gospel, Timothy is formed as a "servant of the Lord" who knows how to avoid disputes and behave with the "meekness" that makes him strong and effective enough to touch the hearts of the false teachers and convert them. The way to win them back is not the refutation of their ideas, but the love that can patiently bear injustices and treat everyone with gentleness and correct them with sweetness (1 Cor. 13:4-7).

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