"Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus" - 2 Timothy 2: 3 (NLT)
Being true to a job, to a person and a calling in life, requires a high commitment, a deep trust, a sacrifice, and a life service with no hope of any rewards. This is the responsibility and risk we must face whatever form it may take. Sometimes, people love themselves too much and unable to see other people’s needs.
Saint Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, reminds us that when we are willing to become Christ’s followers, at that time our faith, love, and faithfulness begin to be put to the test. Every decision must be made consciously without blaming others.
Being a follower of Christ means willing to leave behind every comfort and self-selfishness. Though in reality, we strive to accomplish what Jesus commanded - being his follower "as a good soldier of Christ Jesus". It means we are ready to face challenges, trials, sufferings, judgments, and any enemies both from others and also our inner selves. We will be hated, slandered, isolated, and mocked, but we must believe that Christ is present in every measure of our suffering.
On the other hand, we may momentarily leave him because of our human frailty, but with the same love, he will await our arrival like a prodigal son. He's always waiting for us to come closer to him, for he's the Lord of mercy and compassion. One thing we must be grateful that “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself" (V13). God bless us.
Reflection on 2 Timothy 2: 1-13 by Sr. Maria Venidora SND
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