Sunday Vigil

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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Timothy 6, 13-16

Now, before God, the source of all life, and before Jesus Christ, who witnessed to his noble profession of faith before Pontius Pilate, I charge you

to do 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 human being has seen or is able to see: to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle addresses Timothy calling him "man of God", to underline his belonging to God and not to himself, as he had devoted his life to the service of God. Christians can’t serve two masters: they must choose God as their only Lord, as Timothy did. Like in a competition, Timothy must look at the final goal of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness--the perfection of the inner life with all the human and Christian virtues. Christian life is compared to a competition of devotion. The trophy is the eternal life. Paul says to Timothy that God in His great mercy called him to lead this life and Timothy made his noble confession in the presence of many witnesses: probably Paul refers to his Baptism, or to his presbyterial consecration. Every Christian person is called to take part to this competition, like Timothy-- with generosity. Paul once again charges Timothy before God, who gives life, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate and gave his life on the cross to show his love, to keep the commandments faithfully, until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ in the final Judgement. Christ’s appearance is meant as an epiphany, the full manifestation of love. Every Christian person should behave according to the evangelical teaching, with a faithful devotion, as a primary and important task. We do not know when our Lord Jesus Christ will appear. Only God knows "the right time." Yet, we are called to be vigilant in our faith, and generous in love. The encouragement of the apostle reaches its peak in a hymn to God: He is above transience; he dwells in unapproachable light. Our mind cannot understand, but the prayer makes us closer to Him so that we can experience His power and love.