2nd Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 3:10–17
You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, persecutions that I endured. Yet from all these things the Lord delivered me. In fact, all who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Everyday is a struggle for me, so it is for everyone on the journey. The closer we get to Christ, the deeper the relationship the more the trials and temptations we seem to receive. St Paul reminds us today that he too and many of our brothers and sisters before us have undergone the same persecutions if not far worst. But why do they continue? I believe it is because they carry Jesus with them in their hearts and they recall the love and peace they have experienced that no one and nothing on earth can provide except our Lord and Saviour and they know they will receive the Grace again at the end of the trial and bear witness to His Glory.
It is far easier to give up, to taste the forbidden fruit and enjoy its shortlived ecstasy only to wander again in nothingness. How many? Including I have said “all in good time” or “tomorrow definitely tomorrow” well friends…. what if tomorrow never comes for you? Do not be deceived! The truth St Paul speaks about is evident in our lives, be it with our own families, friends, even acquaintances, the wicked go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. Let us call to mind what we were called to do on ash Wednesday and put it to action and that is to “Turn away from Sin and be faithful to the Gospels.”
Only then can we truly grow in faith and righteousness and are able to share the Good News to others in our daily lives.
May the Love of Jesus be upon you always. Amen