27th Sunday in Ordinary Time C: 2nd Reading

2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14

I remind you to stir into flame
   the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
   but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
   nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
   but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
   with the strength that comes from God.

Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me,
   in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit
   that dwells within us.