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The Word Among Us

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Meditation
2 Timothy 4:1-8



According to St. Irenaeus, a second-century bishop and doctor of the church, “the glory of God is man fully alive.” That quote is a fitting summary of Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in today’s reading. Paul encouraged Timothy to proclaim God’s word in good times and bad, whether convenient or inconvenient. He exhorted him to be calm and steady in all circumstances, to put up with hardships, and to fulfill the call that the Lord had given him. In short, Paul was urging Timothy to be fully alive in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be a light and a sign to those around him who had succumbed to false gospels and myths.

Two thousand years later, we live in a world that is very much in need of the proclamation of the gospel. And as children of God, we are called and commissioned to imitate Timothy in the way we live and speak. In a very real sense, it’s up to us to be “fully alive” in the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing light to those lost in spiritual darkness.

This can sound like a very intimidating call. But remember, the witness of the way you live your life often speaks volumes more than your actual words. Kindness shown to a neighbor, forgiveness offered to one who asks, and food shared with the hungry are all ways that you proclaim: “Christ lives in me, and he wants to live in you also.”

The more people see you living the Christian life, the more they will be attracted to it. Someone once asked a great preacher why more people weren’t thirsty for Jesus. His reply: “We’re not salty enough!” Every day, decide that you are going to be fully alive in Jesus. Tell the Lord that you want to witness to him through your talents, your demeanor, and your acts of love. God has given you special gifts to use for his glory. So put them to work today and watch him multiply his return on those gifts!

“Jesus, fill me with confidence. Give me the courage to reach out to others, both in my words and even more so in my deeds. Let your light shine out from me so that others may come to you and know your love, your mercy, and your power.”

12 posted on 06/05/2004 7:12:21 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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<< Saturday, June 5, 2004 >> St. Boniface
 
2 Timothy 4:1-8 Psalm 71 Mark 12:38-44
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“STAY WITH THIS TASK” (2 Tm 4:2)
 
“I will always hope.” —Psalm 71:14
 

“The time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but, following their own desires, will surround themselves with teachers who tickle their ears. They will stop listening to the truth and will wander off to fables” (2 Tm 4:3-4). Some of them will even gain positions of power in the Church and redirect the glory and money that rightfully belongs to God to themselves (Mk 12:38-40).

To such a people, “stubborn of brow and obstinate in heart” (Ez 3:7), God sends His disciples to proclaim and teach His “word, to stay with this task whether convenient or inconvenient — correcting, reproving, appealing — constantly teaching and never losing patience” (2 Tm 4:2). It seems like a no-win situation. The all-pervasive, anti-Christian ideology of the culture of death is so unyielding.

Yet God commands us: “Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks” (Ez 3:9). God will make His disciples who carry His word more formidable than they are (Jer 15:20; Ez 3:8). “It shall be they who turn to” Christ rather than Christians buckling before their pressure (Jer 15:19).

Therefore, “be steady and self-possessed; put up with hardship, perform your work as an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Tm 4:5). “Thus we may say with confidence: ‘The Lord is my Helper, I will not be afraid; What can man do to me?’ ” (Heb 13:6)

 
Prayer: Father, “with the strength which comes from” You (2 Tm 1:8), I will fight the good fight of a Bible teacher (2 Tm 4:7).
Promise: “My mouth shall be filled with Your praise, with Your glory day by day.” —Ps 71:8
Praise: St. Boniface chose to preach God’s word in a missionary field rather than continue his successful career in England.
 

13 posted on 06/05/2004 7:15:21 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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