In the second reading, for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary time, St. Paul admonishes Timothy with words that apply just as much to ourselves:
But you, man of God, pursue righteousness,
devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called
when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I charge you before God, who gives life to all things,
and before Christ Jesus, . . .
to keep the commandment without stain or reproach . . ..
For a revised and updated doctrinal homily outline for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, click here.
The focuses are as follows:
- Central Idea: The just try to see that everyone receives the good that is due to them.
- Doctrine: The preferential option for the poor.
- Practical Application: The corporal and spiritual works of mercy.