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In Paul's letter to Timothy from this week's reading, we find the apostle examining his life as he anticipates his immiment death. He had suffered much through the years. But in all of it he had maintained the integrity of his faith. "I have competed well. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith," he writes. But he acknowledges that his ability to do so was owing to the presence of God in his life. Paul did not earn God's presence of help. He simply prayed for it and relied upon it. Paul knew that he could count on God to see him safely through his final trial, death, and lead him into eternal life in heaven.
Do you seek to be faithful? Are you merciful towards your neighbor's faults? Do you seek justice in accord with God's will? Are you in real need? If so, all three of this week's readings assure us that God will hear your prayers.