Sunday, June 28, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Intercession of Paul and Timothy

He gave him this blessing, and made the customary addition, Grace be with us. Amen. He associated himself as well with the share in grace. May it also be our good fortune to attain it, thanks to the intercession of the writer and the recipient of the letter. And may we see them in their eternal tabernacles, not from a distance, as the rich man saw Lazarus, but as fellow dwellers, living under their leadership, thanks to the grace and lovingkindness of the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and the all-holy Spirit belong glory and magnificence, now and always, for ages of ages. Amen.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on 2 Timothy, Chapter 4, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 249 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.