2 Thimoty 1: 1-8
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear son:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
“Gratitude to God should be the basis of our communication with him. If we desire to let ourselves be led entirely by God’s holy will, and if we frequently ask him for light, God often grants a strong inner compulsion to act in a certain way and in no other. I ask the good God to let us recognize his holy will and to grant us cheerful calmness in fulfilling it” (AJ Words to light… p. 18).
1. What feelings are in your heart as you begin this day?
2. As we walk together in communal discernment, what are the blessings from God for which you would like to give thanks?
3. Paul is reminding the community of some important values. What do you need to be reminded of during these days of discernment for leadership?
4. What grace do you wish to ask God for all the capitulars?