January 26, 2016

Timothy and Titus

January 26, 2016:  SS. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

See ten connections with today?
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Pope Francis
World Communications Day message, continued:   Recall your first experience of relationships:  our parents loved us and valued us for who we are more than for our abilities and achievements.  Parents' love is unconditional.  See society not as a forum where strangers compete, but as a family where the door is open and everyone feels welcome.
Sharing demands listening and acceptance.  Hearing is about receiving information; listening is about communication.  Listening includes being able to share questions and doubts, to journey, to banish claims to power, and to put our gifts at the service of the common good.  Listening isn't easy.  We need to pay attention, want to understand, value, respect and ponder.  It involves self-sacrifice, as we try like Moses to remove our sandals when standing on the “holy ground” of our encounter.   Knowing how to listen is an immense grace, a gift we need to ask for, then practice. [concluded tomorrow]
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"Fan into a flame..."
(Animate)

  • 2 Tm 1:1-8  Paul, Apostle of Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear child:  I worship God with a clear conscience and pray for you constantly, recalling your faith.  Stir into flame your gift from God.  God gave us a spirit of power, love, and self-control.  Don't be ashamed of your testimony or of me, but bear your hardships with God-given strength.
  • Ti 1:1-5  Paul, Apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of faith, truth, and eternal life, to Titus, my child in faith:  grace and peace from God and Christ.  I left you so you might set things right and appoint presbyters...
  • Ps 96:1-3, 7-8a, 10  "Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations."  Sing to the Lord.  Tell the nations the Lord is king; me made the world and governs with equity.
  • Mk 3:31-35  Jesus, after crowd told him his family called him from outside:  “Who are my mother and my brothers?”  “Here; whoever does God's will is my brother, sister, and mother.”


Reflect
  • Creighton:  Paul models how to show care for a friend as he expresses his affection for Timothy.  How can I use God's gifts to support my friends in living their faith.  Supporting one another in serving the kingdom of God helps put the tasks at work in perspective and helps build friendship.  How am I a trustworthy friend?  Do I create opportunities to “announce God’s salvation day after day?”  How can I be present to people who view things differently?  How can I remind those in my life to appreciate God's gifts?...
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Be a Titus":   Titus brought peace and unity; he accompanied Paul to Jerusalem when Paul had a council with Jewish apostles to submit his preaching for their scrutiny.  Titus, one of Paul's Gentile converts, was proof of the fruit of Paul's ministry; his faith was a witness to the Jerusalem apostles, who approved and re-commissioned Paul to go to the Gentiles.  Paul chose Titus to deliver his letter of correction to Corinth.  God gave him strength with the arrival of Titus.  Titus found joy in the Corinthian's repentance and gave Paul joy by unifying ministry....
  • Passionist:  Jesus redefined family:  “Whoever does God's will is my brother, sister, and mother.”  Timothy and Titus, 1st-century bishops, were Paul's friends.  We live our faith in the context of family and friends, parishes and schools, work and play.  Relationships are never perfect, but they're where we live out the Good News.  We must be friends with Jesus, then with our “families.”
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister":  God gives us many opportunities for developing relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  Being a Christian is first and foremost a relationship.  God offers us the greatest relationship:  union of heart, mind, and spirit with himself, Love.  God's love never fails, forgets, compromises, lies, or disappoints; it's unwavering, unconditional, and unstoppable.  Nothing can make him ignore us, leave us, or treat us unkindly.  He'll pursue us, love us, and call us back no matter what.  He created us to be united with him and share in his love and unity.  God is a trinity of persons, a community of love, true source of all relationships.  God wants all our relationships to be rooted in his love....
  • Universalis:  Paul converted Timothy and Titus; they became his companions and helpers.  Paul entrusted the Ephesus Christians to Timothy and the Crete Christians to Titus.  His "pastoral epistles" have advice for Timothy, Titus, and us.
Dress legend
  • Orange suspenders:  fan into flame the gift of God you have (1st reading)
  • 'Olympics' tie pin:  Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations (psalm)
  • 'Musical note' tie pin:  Sing to the Lord a new song (psalm)
  • 'Crown' tie bar:  Tell the nations the Lord is king (psalm)
  • 'Mary' pin:  The mother of Jesus (gospel)
  • 'Stick figures' tie pin:  Jesus' 'brothers' and the crowd (gospel)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  I yearn to see you again (1st reading)
  • 'Hands' tie:  Stir into flame the gift of God you have through imposition of hands (1st reading)
  • 'Girl with heart' pin:  God gave us a spirit of power, love, and self-control (1st reading)
  • White in shirt:  today's color