Second Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

A reading from the first letter of Paul to Timothy.

I thank our Savior Christ Jesus, who has strengthened me, and has made me a servant and judged me faithful.  I was once a blasphemer, a persecutor, a person filled with arrogance; but because I did not know what I was doing in my unbelief, I have been treated mercifully, and the grace of our God has been granted me in overflowing measure, along with the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  You can depend on this as worthy of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  Of these I myself am the worst.  But on that very account I was dealt with mercifully, so that in me, as an extreme case, Jesus Christ might display all his patience, and that I might become an example to those who would later have faith in Christ and gain everlasting life.  To the Ruler of ages, the immortal, the invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever!  Amen.

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