The Profitable Benefits of Scripture (Tues. Dec. 15)

The word of the day is “Scripture.”   In our reading of 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4, St. Paul declares that the Scriptures are effective for instructing the faithful.  He states, “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,  and for instruction in righteousness” (vs. 16). Paul’s execution is in sight.  He says, “The time for my departure is at hand” (vs. 4:6). Knowing this, in 2 Timothy, Paul passes on the mantle of his authority to the young Bishop Timothy. As he transfers his apostolic ministry to Timothy, Paul foresees the primary challenge that the young preacher and pastor will face.  He says, “the time will come when many will have “itching…