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Left out of the Lectionary.

October 20, 2016


Both the Epistle reading and the Gospel reading continue straight through from last Sunday to the one coming up, but there are a number of verses left out of the Timothy reading for this coming Sunday:


"Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message."(2 Timothy 4:9-15)


While I understand why we don't take the time to read these verses in worship, I actually draw great comfort from them. In these few verses, Paul and Timothy are talking shop, and it is not all rosy victories.  Paul and Timothy, just like us - whether we work in the ministry or in other fields, sometimes find their work annoying at best and down right dangerous at worst.  Our work can be exasperating and exhausting and still God has called us to it!


Also, hidden in these verses is a second chance for Mark.  If you read Acts and the rest of Paul's letters, it's pretty clear that Mark and Paul were often on the outs.  But now, Paul would find him useful to his ministry.  It's worth the time to give our colleagues and friends second and third chances.


And don't forget Paul's coat, or his books, or his parchments...





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