…for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message.
At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
Today is Friday the 18 October, the feast of St Luke the Evangelist, in the 28th week of Ordinary Time.
The Kyiv Chamber Choir, sing the Credo: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” As I start this prayer today, can I join in with this strong, almost exuberant expression of faith? Can I begin by declaring my faith in my God, my creator, my heavenly Father?
Today’s reading is from St Paul’s second letter to Timothy.
St Luke the gospel-writer, is remembered especially in the church today. In this letter to Timothy he makes a guest appearance as a traveling companion of St Paul. Have you ever accompanied someone on a hazardous journey?
The context Paul is writing in is one in which he has to defend himself repeatedly from attack. If your faith comes under attack, how do you go about defending yourself?
Ultimately, Paul believes that God rescued him “from the lion’s mouth”. What’s your experience of being rescued by God from difficulties?
Listen out, as the passage is repeated, for the kind of things that Paul wants Timothy to bring him when they next meet.
In the last moments of this prayer, ask God for whatever you need for your journey today.