2 Timothy 4:9-17a.
9 Do your best to come to me soon, 10 for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. 12 I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. 15 You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
Notes on 2 Timothy 4:9-17a.
Paul was a grump sometimes. He actually argued lots with those who were working in ministry alongside him. He had great passion and fire and sometimes found it incomprehensible that everyone did not see as he saw. There do seem to be suggestions in other places in his writings that as he grew older he learned a bit more humility. We read this passage today, as we celebrate St Luke, because it seems that Luke was a calming presence for Paul and was able to withstand his tirades and temper. Such patience is inspiring!