Meditation for the Day

Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops, January 26

May We Joyfully Respond to the Invitation Which God Extends to Each of Us to Become the Bearer of Christ’s Light and Sowers of His Word, Following the Example of All the Faithful Who Have Gone Before Us.

“Sing to the LORD; bless his name. Announce his salvation, day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.”

The words of our psalmist today ring true for all those who give witness to their faith, from the very beginning after the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, to all those throughout the centuries, and including today, who place the importance of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ at the very forefront of their lives.

And even in the world in which we currently live, there are those who face martyrdom in one form or another for the cause of the Christian message – a message of love, a message of hope, a message filled with the fullness of God’s Truth.

Today, we celebrate the Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, disciples of Saint Paul, who gave witness to their faith in the early days of the Church.

What we know from the New Testament of Timothy’s life makes it sound like that of a modern day bishop, full of responsibilities and the anxieties that go with such a position. He had the honor of being a fellow missionary with Saint Paul, both sharing the privilege of preaching the Gospel and suffering for it.

Timothy was born of a Greek father and a Jewish mother named Eunice. Being the product of a “mixed” marriage, in the minds of the Jews in the first century, he was considered to be illegitimate. It was his grandmother, Lois, who had the distinction of becoming the first Christian in his family.

Timothy was a convert of Paul around the year 47 A.D., and later joined Paul in his Apostolic work, and was with him at the founding of the Church in Corinth. During the 15 years he and Paul worked together, they became faithful and trusted friends to each other. And even though Timothy was very young, Paul installed him as his representative at the Church of Ephesus.

Several references in Paul’s Letters to Timothy seem to indicate that he was of a timid nature. And one of Paul’s most frequently quoted lines was addressed to him: “Stop drinking only water, but have a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.”

The other bishop we memorialize today together with Timothy is Saint Titus. Titus has the distinction of also being a close friend and disciple of Saint Paul as well as a fellow missionary. Titus was Greek, apparently from Antioch, and is seen by Paul as a peacemaker, administrator and a dear friend, upon whom Paul depended a great deal. And Paul installed him as his representative at the Church on the island of Crete.

Both Timothy and Titus were responsible for the growing formation of the faith in the early Christian communities, correcting abuses in the face of a secular culture even in their day, and they were also responsible for appointing presbyters, to whom we refer today as priests.

Both died near the end of the first century, yet both spent their lives in loving service to the needs of the Body of Christ, feeding it with both Word and Sacrament, and gave the early Church their loving attention in all they accomplished.

These holy saints set the example for each of us today as we reach out to those whom our lives touch. Our Lord invites each of us to become the extension of Himself to all those around us. Just as Timothy and Titus were called to become extensions of Christ in their lives, we, too, are called to become more than we are, trusting that the Presence of God within us and His providential Love will guide us in leading others to Him, through both our word and example.

In the love which we have for our God, may we joyfully respond to the invitation which God extends to each of us to become sowers of His Word in the environment in which we live, following the example of all the faithful who have gone before us, prayerfully planting the seed in fertile soil –

– the hearts and minds of those who hunger and thirst for God’s Truth, and becoming a light for others to see and emulate as you and I help to build up the Body of Christ around us – one heart, one mind, one soul at a time.

And may our efforts, always with the help of God’s grace, “…bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds.” (Psalm 96:2-3)
  • ‘And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.’ He added, ‘Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.’(Mark 4:8-9)
  • “For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
  • “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)
  • “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
  • “Brethren, do not be remiss in doing good.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
  • “…strive to excel in building up the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:12b)
  • “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
  • “So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord…” (2 Timothy 1:8a)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord Jesus, our Glorious Savior,
we humbly give to You our lives;
do with us as Your Divine Providence wills,
for Your greater honor and glory.

“Make our lives useful to Your service.
The only ambition we have is to humbly
and honestly listen to You and fulfill Your Divine will for us.
In this, we wish to lift up Your Name, Jesus, not ours.

“We desire to make known the power of Your Spirit,
the Holy Spirit of Divine Love and Truth.
We want You to claim us for Yourself,
and use us according to Your Divine purpose.

“And no matter the task
which You assign to us in life,
we will be contented, and full of joy,
to fulfill our purpose as disciples of Your Spirit.

“Lord Jesus, may Your Holy Spirit live in us always,
guiding us to live a virtuous and fruitful life,
always pleasing to You and helpful to our neighbor,
as we help to build up the Body of Christ here on Earth.

“Fill our lives with meaning and our hearts with hope.
And when our time here is completed,
bless us with eternal life in Your Heavenly Kingdom.
Jesus, we humbly pray this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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