Our readings this Sunday include 1 Timothy 6:6-19; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; and 2 Timothy 2:8-15. True, enduring wealth is being free to be ourselves wholely. Our society, like most societies, tries to make us fit society’s expectations, and there are many tools used to do this. It takes courage, strength, confidence and wisdom to succeed in resisting society’s pressures. One source of these is faith based on a relationship with God, and, for Christians, Jesus provides us with a model and mentor.
His story includes both the costs and benefits of gaining this kind of wealth. This Sunday is World Wide Communion Sunday, reminding us of a price he paid in exercising his freedom to be whom he was. At the same time, we see the inner peace and personal integrity he gained.