24th Week in Ord. Time, Saturday – 23rd September 2023 – 1 Tim 6,13-16; Lk 8,4-15
Model of Testimony
In the first reading, Paul appeals to Timothy, his protégé, to remain faithful to the teachings and commandments which have come from the Lord Jesus. He urges him to consecrate his life totally to God and Jesus, in the way Jesus proclaimed His “testimony before Pontius Pilate.” Truly, a model for us to imitate. This comment about Pontius Pilate became part of the early Christian Creed. It was in the presence of Pilate that Jesus declared his royal messiahship-kingship and his office as revealer of truth. He said to Pilate, “My kingdom does not belong to this world… Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice” (Jn 18,36-37). The mention of Pontius Pilate, as a public official, becomes a strength to the official tone of the witness. This is an example for Christians to follow, whether making a profession of faith at our Baptism or when faced with persecution. However, it is easy to make professions of faith in private, but it becomes a challenge in public. The phrase “good confession” is used twice, both here and in the previous verse. This expression marks a parallel between Timothy’s public profession as a believer in Christ and Christ Jesus giving His testimony, confessing Himself as the Messiah and King before Pilate.