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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 3, 1-9

You may be quite sure that in the last days there will be some difficult times.

People will be self-centred and avaricious, boastful, arrogant and rude; disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious;

heartless and intractable; they will be slanderers, profligates, savages and enemies of everything that is good;

they will be treacherous and reckless and demented by pride, preferring their own pleasure to God.

They will keep up the outward appearance of religion but will have rejected the inner power of it. Keep away from people like that.

Of the same kind, too, are those men who insinuate themselves into families in order to get influence over silly women who are obsessed with their sins and follow one craze after another,

always seeking learning, but unable ever to come to knowledge of the truth.

Just as Jannes and Jambres defied Moses, so these men defy the truth, their minds corrupt and their faith spurious.

But they will not be able to go on much longer: their folly, like that of the other two, must become obvious to everybody.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul looks to the last days and writes that there will be a general decline in morals (1 Tim 4:1-5). In a few lines, he outlines a dramatic image of the corruption of men and women when they distance themselves from the Gospel: "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power." This description is not too far off from today. And so the exhortation "Avoid them!" is valid for us too. We do need to separate ourselves from the selfish and violent mentality of this world and distance ourselves from the false teachers who separate us from God and from our brothers and sisters, making us complicit in evil. Perhaps thinking of concrete examples, Paul describes some of the behaviours that destroy each community life. Those who try everything to bend others to themselves separate themselves from the communion. Their fate is the same as that of Jannes and Jambres, two Egyptian magicians (the Old Testament does not mention them, but Paul might have taken them from Jewish tradition) who opposed Moses; but their foolishness was revealed. God himself watches over his house, as Jesus himself promises to his friends, "And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Mt 28:20). Timothy needs to oppose these people by following Paul’s preaching faithfully. When he heard him speak, he too was converted, and the apostle became his model both in doctrine and behaviour. Paul reminds him of the difficulties and persecutions he endured along his journey, even in Lystra, Timothy’s homeland (Acts 14:6) where he was stoned, dragged out of the city and left for dead (Acts 14:19). Paul maintains that this is actually the fate of all of Jesus’ disciples. It is therefore necessary to remain steadfast. Strength comes from faithfully listening to the Holy Scriptures, which were inspired by God. Consequently, they are the living and pure source of a new wisdom. Paul says so explicitly, the Scriptures are "useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." Listening to the Scriptures moulds the believer according to the very thought of God. They were sent to us so that "everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work."

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