Thursday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time; 2nd June, 2016.
The saying is true: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself.
(2 Timothy 2:11-13)
Today St. Paul writes not just to Timothy but to us.
“We should do our best to present ourselves to God as one approved.”
(2 Timothy 2:15)
So how do we become approved in the eyes of our Heavenly Father, we may ask.
New Life: As St. Paul once wrote to the Philippians, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” He calls us to accept death- dying to our sinful ways & bad habits, dying to lust and sins of the flesh- a death that makes us rise above our selfish desires, passion, and hate; a death that makes us reborn in Christ.
Endurance: How hard it can be to persist in doing good, to go on in the ‘narrow path’ when everyone else seems to be using the ‘wide road’. When faced with challenges, difficulties as well as temptations, where a decision of whether to “give in/give up” or “go on” has to be made, St. Paul encourages us to choose the latter for only then shall we reign with our Lord Jesus forever.
Faithfulness: Believing beyond all unreasonable doubt whatever God reveals (doubt in the first place is something unreasonable when it comes to God). This is quite easy, this is quite hard too. Despite our faith in Jesus, we tend to be like Simon Peter, denying our Lord at times. But St. Paul beckons on us to remain faithful to Christ just as He remains faithful to us.
So how do we become approved in the eyes of our Heavenly Father, we may ask. The answers are not far-fatched: We become approved by God by dying in Christ and experiencing a new life in Him; by having endurance for His sake so that we will reign with Him forever and by being faithful to the One who saves and never fails.
Today St. Paul writes not just to Timothy but to us. Hope you are reading…