“God’s gift is the Spirit of power, love and self-control”

2 Timothy 1:7

Wednesday, 03 June 2020

2 Timothy 1:1-3,6-12; Psalm 122(123):1-2; Mark 12:18-27.

It may seem as though life is slowly going back to normal. Schools and churches are reopening and there is a partial lifting of the lockdown bans on alcohol sales. The truth is, we are all still living in fear. There is so much uncertainty. We have not heard any news on the cure. Research is ongoing and speculation rife about how the virus will spread as lockdown eases.

It is a tough time indeed as parents make hard decisions whether to let their children go back to school or keep them at home. Many have limited, or no options and their children will have to go to school. There are the risks, fear and uncertainty inherent in that decision too?

Paul, in his letter, tells Timothy not to let shame stop him witnessing to the good news. Paul reminds Timothy (and us) of gifts God has given us and encourages us to trust in God even though we are faced with so much uncertainty and adversity.

But, what about the fear that seems to be heightened at this time? The answer is not simple. The Spirit that God has given to us as a gift will provide us with the power, love and self-control to discern what is right for us, our families and the broader community. Whatever we decide we have to put God in the centre of it all.

As we pray, let us ask ourselves if we choose to listen to the living God? Do personal needs come first, ignoring the feelings of others or how they are affected by what is happening in the world?


I pray that today I will listen to you, and not to my reason, as I think about the decisions I need to make. May I listen and respond to you with an open, generous and loving heart.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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