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Until the Manifestation of the Lord Jesus

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  1 Timothy 6:13-16
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 8:4-15

Timothy’s Charge

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)

More from The Parable of the Seed and the Sower

1 Timothy 6:13-16
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13I charge thee before God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate, a good confession,
14That thou keep the commandment without spot, blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15Which in his times he shall shew who is the Blessed and only Mighty, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16Who only hath immortality, and inhabiteth light inaccessible, whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and empire everlasting. Amen.
Luke 8:4-15
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4And when a very great multitude was gathered together, and hastened out of the cities unto him, he spoke by a similitude.
5The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6And other some fell upon a rock: and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
7And other some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it, choked it.
8And other some fell upon good ground; and being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, he cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
9And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.
10To whom he said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing may not understand.
11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12And they by the way side are they that hear; then the devil cometh, and taketh the word out of their heart, lest believing they should be saved.
13Now they upon the rock, are they who when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no roots; for they believe for a while, and in time of temptation, they fall away.
14And that which fell among thorns, are they who have heard, and going their way, are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and yield no fruit.
15But that on the good ground, are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in patience.

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