You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:1-4
In this reading from Paul’s second letter to Timothy, He gives counsel to Timothy for carrying on the ministry work for Jesus. He wants Timothy to make sure that his helpers are good, qualified individuals so that the work will continue. He tells Timothy to stay steadfast in this work, to “be a good soldier…” , finally he warns Timothy to be careful not to get distracted in his soldiering work by “civilian affairs”
Let us pray – Holy and Loving God, we ask that you help us to also continue to be good soldiers , good Christian soldiers. Guide us so that we can fight against evil, against injustice, to gird up others so that they can stay strong and dedicated to the cause of Jesus , sharing the Good News of the love You showed the world in His victory over death. We pray this in Jesus’ wonderful name. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie