Thursday of Week Nine – 2 Tim 2:8-15; Mark 12:28-34

Your hands may be tied
The human spirit, if a person does not surrender himself, is not

Paul writes to Timothy
Remember the Good News that I carry, ‘Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David’; it is on account of this that I have my own hardships to bear, even to being chained like a criminal – but they cannot chain up God’s news.

A beautiful picture of a free man. What, imprisoned? A free spirit. Free in that his bonds do not change his love for the Gospel. Free because he was liberated by Christ, who prepared heaven for him. . .

It is not difficult to be a Christian when everyone around you also confesses their faith. Although then there is a temptation to “originality”, to distance oneself from the faith. . . But it’s easier nonetheless. However, being a Christian when you are ridiculed or harassed because of it. . . This is true freedom.