2 Timothy 4:10-17
There is no doubt that Luke accompanied Paul on at least some of his missionary journeys. If you read the Acts of the Apostles carefully, you will notice that the narrative changes in places from the third person to first person plural indicating that Luke had joined with Paul by that time. It can be helpful to note that not everything went perfectly in the Early Church. Paul tells us that Demas has bandoned the Gospel for the love of this life. Our secular times are not the only ones that have managed to seduce people away from a life of faith in God. Let us pray that our faith will not fail us.
10 Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Luke is the only one with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is helpful to me in the ministry. 12 I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 You too be on guard against him, for he has strongly resisted our preaching. 16 At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it.
P S A L M
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
R: Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
10 Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. 11 Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. (R) 12 Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. (R) 17 The LORD is just in all his ways and holy in all his works. 18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. (R)
G O S P E L
None of us is exempt from the duty to proclaim the Gospel. Just as Jesus sent out the 70 or 72 depending upon what version of the event that you follow, He sends each of us out into our workplaces and communities to bear witness to the Good News. The witness of our lives may be the first point of contact that people have with the Gospel. Let us seek to live faithfully according to the Gospel in order that we can make the best impression possible.
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy ?two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. 2 He said to them, ?The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. 3 Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. 4 Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. 5 Into whatever house you enter, first say, ?Peace to this household.? 6 If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. 8 Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, 9 cure the sick in it and say to them, ?The kingdom of God is at hand for you.?
think: None of us is exempt from the duty to proclaim the Gospel.
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