Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8; 16-18

A reading from the second letter of Paul to Timothy.

I for my part am already being poured out like a libation.  The time of my dissolution is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  From now on a merited crown awaits me; on that Day, Christ, who is a just judge, will award it to me – and not only to me, but to all who have looked for the Coming with eager longing.

Christ stood by my side and gave me strength, so that through me the preaching task might be completed and all the nations right hear the gospel.  That is how I was saved from the lion’s jaws.  Christ will continue to rescue me from all attempts to do me harm and will bring me safe to the higher realm.  To Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever.  Amen.

The Word of God recorded in the second letter of Paul to Timothy.