Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Thessalonians.

You know how you ought to imitate us.  We did not live lives of disorder when we were among you, nor depend on anyone for food.  Rather, we worked day and night, laboring to the point of exhaustion so as not to impose on any of you.  Not that we had no claim on you, but that we might present ourselves as an example for you to imitate.  Indeed, when we were with you we used to lay down the rule that anyone who would not work should not eat.  We hear that some of you are unruly, not keeping busy but acting like busybodies.  We enjoin all such, and we urge them strongly in our Savior Jesus Christ, to earn the food they eat by working quietly.

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