23.09.2023 — Model of Testimony

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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.

22.09.2023 — Instructions for Worthy Living

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24th Week in Ord. Time, Friday – 22nd September 2023 – 1 Tim 6,2-12; Gospel: Lk 8,1-3

Instructions for Worthy Living

In the first reading, Paul urges Timothy to be faithful to the teachings given to him and not to be overcome with a desire for riches. He warns him against those who do not follow the “sound” teachings of Jesus. They have a weakness for questioning everything and love to argue about words. They do absolutely nothing to help the cause of Christ and the building of the kingdom. The result of this kind of behaviour is jealousy, incessant arguing, verbal abuse and a deep sense of mistrust. In a similar manner, Paul is aware that worldly possessions can divert even the most fervent disciple from staying on the faith-filled track. Those who hanker after material wealth are a prey to all kinds of problems. They get trapped into all sorts of foolish and harmful ambitions, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. Instead of being so concerned with the ways of the world and indulging in foolish teachings, the true disciple and leader should focus on being content with what one has, being concerned for others, and to commit oneself  to “eternal life” for which everyone is called to.

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