Until the Manifestation of the Lord Jesus
- Reading I: 1 Timothy 6:13-16
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100
- Gospel Reading: Luke 8:4-15
Paul closes his exhortations to Timothy with a solemn charge, recalling the example of Jesus’ "noble confession" before Pilate. Earlier, Paul had reminded Timothy of the "eternal life" to which he was called when he made the "noble confession" before witnesses (v. 12). So now, he invokes the example of the suffering Jesus to keep the commandment — the totality of the mandates entrusted to Timothy — "without stain or reproach" until the manifestation (the Greek word used is equivalent to "epiphany") of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul concludes with a blessing to the "Blessed One and Only Ruler, King of Kings and Lord of Lords" who will bring about this epiphany at His own time (kairois idiois).
The Parable of the Sower (Luke)
When Jesus answers the question on why he speaks in parables, Luke changes Mark’s "to those outside" with "to others" and he omits the phrase that reads "lest they should turn (away from sin, the verb used is from epistrefw which has the religious meaning of "conversion") and be forgiven". The reason is because the additional passage is superfluous seeing that it is already included in the explanation of the seed falling by the wayside (see v. 11)
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