Paul’s Boldness as Inspiration and Example (Wed. Dec. 16)

The word of the day is “stood.“  St. Paul closes his second letter to Timothy in our reading of 2 Timothy 4:9-22.  The passage is a collection of requests and reports of what has happened to Paul and his companions. There seems to be no clear order to these topics.  Paul brings them up as he thinks of them.  However, the most dramatic of Paul’s news is his account of his first trial before the emperor. The apostle writes, “At my first defense no one stood with me. But the Lord stood with and strengthened me” (vs. 17). This short comment is the only account in the scriptures of what occurred when Paul was put on trial in Rome.  Paul…