December 17

December 17

Peter & Paul — Peter & Paul finish their life well & are prepared for eternity.
Today’s Readings:
Reading 1: 2 Peter 1:1-15
Reading 2: Philippians 1:12-26
Reading 3: 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Today’s readings are the final words of the two men who spearheaded the birth and growth of the early Church. We have come a long way since Peter and Paul wrote these parting instructions, but distance can allow us to become distracted from the wisdom they leave us. Today’s passages are powerful reading for any Christian at any time, but as we wrap up our journey through the past story of God’s plan, and prepare to look forward for our last couple of weeks of the year, they are especially valuable.

See what stands out to you from these wise legacies, and think how their outlook differs from ours today. For example: “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life” is not a truth that many live by, even in the Church. As a result, it is rarer today to hear someone say: “I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.” But that simply means that there is greater opportunity to shine brightly for Jesus today. And then you and I will be able to say one day: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”

May God grant us boldness to live fully the grace we have received!

Have a great day!

Mark.

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