Second Sunday of Lent Weekend of March 4/5, 2023

In today’s second reading, Timothy is issued a strong
directive: “Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with
the strength that comes from God.” For the early Christians
this could mean torture and execution. For most Christians
today enduring hardship for the Gospel might include
accepting ridicule or mockery, or the suggestion that
we lack sophistication. Nevertheless, in his letters, Saint
Paul is adamant that we should not be ashamed of being
followers of Christ. Good stewards are not ashamed of their
allegiance to Christ. They do not hide their faith. Reflect
on this question: Are you willing to speak about following
Christ Jesus no matter who your listeners happen to be?