TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

*Alternate* First Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-8; 13-14

A reading from the second letter of Paul to Timothy.

I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed when my hands were laid on you.  The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit, but rather one that makes us strong, loving and wise.  Therefore, never be ashamed of your testimony to our Savior, nor of me, a prisoner for Christ’s sake; but with the strength which comes from God bear your share of the hardship which the gospel entails.

Take as a model of sound teaching what you have heard me say, in faith and love in Christ Jesus.  Guard the rich deposit of faith with the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

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