Today we honor two outstanding collaborators of St. Paul in the preaching of the Gospel. The reading from St. Paul's Letter to Timothy that we proclaim today contains powerful counsels given to his fellow priest and Bishop. These counsels, apart from their immediate referral to Timothy, are applicable to all God's people. The apostle Paul suggests to Timothy "to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands." Paul reminds Timothy that God did not give him "a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control." Paul encourages Timothy to bear his share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God.These words remain a legacy in the Church to encourage all baptized persons to recall the great infusion of power given to them in the sacrament of Baptism. St. Paul assures the whole Church today that all our challenges can truly be met with the strength that comes from God.
January 26, 2015
"I am with you always."