Everyone just about can recall some time when they realized with as much clarity as possible exactly what they knew they were going to do with their lives. Married people, singles, young and old, sisters, brothers, priests. It is typically a story also of love; in other words one falls in love with one’s life. Many people remember it as a sort of gift, which is the language of St. Paul in the second reading. Timothy was given the gift of his call to follow Paul, receive Christ, and minister in the Church.

In the course of the journey of life, this gift can grow weary or wear out. Paul is inviting Timothy, who apparently needs encouragement “to stir into flame” that gift so that Timothy can faithfully continue his ministry. There are times when we have been exhausted with life.

It is just then that remembering the story of our call and vocation, returning to the scriptures, returning to the love we have known from Jesus, and with the help of the Holy Spirit that we are renewed, not of ourselves, but as a continuation of the gift from God. Our story of our encounter with Jesus is a “rich trust”, a charism given to us.

The faithful disciple then is a person of memory and prayer. We all need the story to be kept fresh and alive; we all need the quieting of our monkey minds so that we might rest in Christ. Then we are that good and faithful steward in the Gospel who has done no more than we were called and ought to have done.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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