Second Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16

A reading from the first letter of Paul to Timothy.

As one dedicated to God, you must strive to be a person of integrity and piety, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle.  Run the great race of faith.  Take firm hold of the everlasting life to which you were called when, in the presence of many witnesses, you made your noble profession of faith.  Before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I charge you to keep God’s command without fault or reproach until our savior Jesus Christ shall appear.

This appearance God will bring to pass at a chosen time, God who in eternal faithfulness alone holds the way. God alone is the Sovereign over all, the blessed and only ruler above all earthly rulers, who alone possesses immortality, and who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no human being has ever seen or can see.  To God be honor and everlasting rule! Amen.

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