366. My beloved

My dear child, this is how Paul calls his disciple Timothy:
“My dear child.” 2 Timothy, chapter 1, verse 2a

Paul wishes him all the best:
“To Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” 2 Timothy, chapter 1, verse 2

Isn’t this what the Holy Spirit tells us?

In families, there are often these tender words between a parent and his child and between a child and his parents. It’s also true between friends. The words that come from the heart are a retransmission of the good received from God.

As for Timothy, after a disciple has well learned and is supported in the knowledge of the realities of heaven and lives a personal relationship with Jesus, he is sent, he becomes an evangelizer:
“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.” Luke, chapter 10, verses 3 to 4

“Lambs among wolves” means that we must be well prepared to become true missionaries. Lambs yes, but lambs that already have some experience.

Jesus does not send anybody. They are people who are already following him, studying what he teaches, people who are aware of the reality of others living in their environment. They are people who are walking the mission long enough that they develop the desire to evangelize.

May the Lord prepare us to join the people in respect and charity, outside the walls of our church and, of course, in the parish churches.

The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Here, where we are, Normand Thomas