Lent & the Epistle of Timothy 2

St. Paul‘s Second Letter to Timothy 2:1-10 is highlighted on the First Sunday on Lent….  The parallels of Paul writing to Timothy and us waiting for the Resurrection are definitely highlighed here.  Like us: Paul was lonely.  Like us: Phygelus and Hermogenes, “everyone in the province of Asia” (1:15), and Demas (4:10) had deserted him.  And finally while Crescens, Titus and Tychicus were away (4:10-12),  like us only an Apostle  (Luke) was with him (4:11)

To Paul, Timothy was his “fellow worker” (Ro 16:21), but he was more like “as a son with his father”. (Php 2:22 ), as “I have no one else is like him” (Php 2:20) and so it is not surprise that  Paul asks twice that Timothy come & visit him (4:9,21)

From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God‘s will, sent to proclaim the promised life which we have in union with Christ Jesus –

2 To Timothy, my dear son: May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

3 I give thanks to God, whom I serve with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did. I thank him as I remember you always in my prayers night and day. 4 I remember your tears, and I want to see you very much, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also.

6 For this reason I remind you to keep alive the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you 7 For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.

8 Do not be ashamed, then, of witnessing for our Lord; neither be ashamed of me, a prisoner for Christ‘s sake. Instead, take your part in suffering for the Good News, as God gives you the strength for it.

9 He, our Lord, saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. He gave us this grace by means of Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but now it has been revealed to us through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. For He has ended the power of death and through the gospel has revealed immortal life.

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