Our second reading encourages us to consider good role models.
It is Saint Paul who takes credit for being a good example when he reminds the Thessalonians that he, Silvanus and Timothy brought them the message of the gospel "not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction." You remember, he tells them, just "what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake."
But this good role modeling did not end with Paul and his colleagues. No, in this letter, Paul reports that the Thessalonians "became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaea."