26th JANUARY 2023

Today we celebrate Saints Timothy and Titus, close companions of the  Apostle Paul


THURSDAY, THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

 

Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bps

 

2 Tm 1:1-8/Ti 1:1-5;              Ps 96:1-3,7-8, 10 ;                  Mk 4: 21-25


 

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE

 

Today we celebrate the feast of Saints Timothy and Titus. They were disciples and co-workers of Saint Paul, ardent seekers of the Truth. Both were faithful companions to Paul and zealous followers of Christ, they were inflamed with his mission and were eager to spread his Truth.

 

In the passage from the Letter to Timothy, Paul expresses his deep affection for Timothy, his companion on many missions, and a strong desire to see him. He thanks God for Timothy’s faith which he owes to his Jewish mother Eunice and grandmother Lois. At the same time, he reminds Timothy of the gift he received when Paul laid his hands on him. That gift, says Paul, was not one of timidity but one of power, love and self-control bringing with it the courage of witnessing to the Gospel even when, as in Paul’s case, it involved persecution and suffering. In the alternative reading from the Letter to Titus, Paul reminds his fellow-missionary of the duties of an apostolic person. It is “to bring those whom God has chosen to faith and to the knowledge of the truth that leads to true religion”.

 

Today Jesus invites to be light. Lamps illuminate the darkness about us. He then further instructs that we should be standing where we can be seen like light seen from a lampstand. I feel that this invitation to become light has two practical implications.

 

The first is at the personal level. Each one of us has received a lamp, which is the Spirit that dwells within us. When light is thrown on something, it is made visible. So also with the life of the Spirit. We get to know ourselves better. What was hidden will come to light as Jesus says in the Gospel (v. 22). This will include also our sin. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict men of sin (cfr. Jn 16:8-11). What we can see is what was there all along, just not visible because there wasn’t enough light. Now the Holy Spirit helps us understand what is unethical and sinful in our life and makes us understand the harmful consequences. With the light of truth coming from the Holy Spirit, we will grow in our understanding of who we are and what we are called to be. The second implication is communitarian. When placed on a stand, the light does not shine for itself. It is for others. What if instead of focusing our energies only on self-improvement, we also focused on community improvement? Reflect, today, upon your own calling to a life of abundant generosity. Commit yourself to this life of goodness and then anticipate all that God will pour forth upon you.

 


Response: Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.


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