24th Sunday in Ordinary Time C: 2nd Reading

1 Timothy 1:12-17

I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
   because he considered me trustworthy
   in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant,
   but I have been mercifully treated
   because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant,
   along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:
   Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
   so that in me, as the foremost,
   Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example
   for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God,
   honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.