Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Suffering in Priestly Ministry
2 Tim 2:1-7

No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier's aim is to please the enlisting officer (2 Tim 2:4).
 Apostle Paul is commanding attention from Timothy regarding his vocation. "Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus." (2 Tim 1:13).
The greatest virtue of a servant of Jesus Christ is prescribed by the Apostle Paul, that is - "Share in the suffering of Jesus Christ." He presents three images or models to explain the road of suffering, service, endurance and faithfulness.
1. Soldier (vs. 3-4): A soldier should have purposeful dedication to his undertaken work and loyalty to the person under whom he/she is called to serve. The work demanded may be risky, but you are expected to accomplish the task without delay or without fail.
2. Athlete (v. 5): An athlete is inducted into the team to compete. It is also under strict discipline and intensive preparation. You are expected to strictly abide by the rules. Victory is anticipated and the athlete has to suffer stress and strain to achieve the victory before him/her.
3.Farmer (v. 6): A Farmer should have a plan or strategy for his agricultural enterprise. His engagements are seasonal for each crop. He has to be sensitive and sensible to do the needful in its time. He eagerly waits for the harvest.
Whether it is the soldier or an athlete or a farmer, they have to be able and available at all times. They cannot compromise and remain lazy any time.
We in our generation has to be vigilant and wise to take up the challenges of the Gospel. It is hard work and we need commitment to take up the tasks for each day.
Lord, bless us to be purposeful like a soldier, aiming for victory like an athlete and studious' like a farmer waiting for the harvest and be faithful servants of the Gospel.Amen.


The suffering Christ is both the model and comfort for a suffering priest.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church