In this Sunday’s second reading (2 Timothy 2:8-15), St. Paul speaks with the utmost confidence to St. Timothy, assuring him of what God has in store for his children. Paul is so confident and so much does he love his sisters and brothers in Christ, that he is able to “suffer hardship” and “endure everything” for their sake.
Paul shares with Timothy poetic lines from what may be part of an early Christian hymn:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful--
for he cannot deny himself.
Jesus is indeed not going anywhere. “He cannot deny himself”. He will not abandon us even to and in our infidelity, for we have been incorporated into Him. We belong to Him and are members of His Body. He will never leave us. Indeed, to deny us would be to deny Himself. How mysterious. How reassuring. How liberating.
Let us walk as confident children of light. Let us, as Paul exhorts, “do our best to present ourselves to God as ones approved by him, workers who have no need to be ashamed”.
Yours in Christ,