Fighting the Good Fight

“I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith….The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.  The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom.  To him be the glory forever and ever.”  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18

I’ve been having a rough month in my faith.  I’ve been so incredibly busy and stressed out that I’m not finding the time to pray or read.  My head is in it, but my heart hasn’t been.  I’ve noticed thoughts and temptations creeping in.  I really needed God to reach down and show me that it’s ok and He is never far from me no matter where I am.  

Yesterday was the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  I was driving to my husband’s work to take our annual wellness exam, and I turned on the radio hoping to hear my favorite priest, Father Ricardo, however, he wasn’t on.  EWTN was having Mass in celebration of these two amazing men who lived their entire lives even to death on a cross and death by beheading for Christ.  I remember thinking “I don’t want to listen to mass, I need something uplifting and exciting to listen to this morning”.  Then, I stopped myself.  What could be more uplifting and exciting than Mass???  So, I listened and God spoke.  I live every day to “fight the good fight” that Paul talks about in this scripture passage.  Isn’t that what we all long for?  Like Paul, nearing the end of his life here on earth, who looked back and said “I did it, I gave the Lord everything I had, I followed him even to death”.  When temptation creeps in or self doubt starts weighing you down, remember the Lord will rescue you from every evil threat.  He is there, ALWAYS there for you.    

This morning, as I made my coffee, I asked St. Paul to pray for me to continue to fight the good fight.  I asked Jesus to protect me from evil and allow me to keep the faith even through suffering, and you know what I saw next…this glorious rainbow.  God is good!!

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