Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Tim1,1-8; Titus1,1-5; Resp. Psalm: Ps96,1-3,7-8,10; Gosp. Accl.: Lk4,18; Gospel: Lk10,1-9
One of the greatest sources of contentment is to see the fruit of one's hard labour. Even more importantly, there is that sense of fulfillment when one sees these fruits progressing and multiplying. It gives great satisfaction to any evangelizer or missionary entrusted with the word that the people brought under the lordship of Jesus Christ remain steadfast in the faith.
St. Paul must have experienced these sentiments when he wrote today's scripture passage to Timothy, a bishop who was already privileged to have come from a family of dedicated and extraordinary believers. Paul praised Timothy's sincere faith, a faith which had become generational because it was first seen in Timothy's grandmother Lois and his mother, Eunice.
Timothy was one of the beneficiaries offer Paul's apostolic ministry. Paul ordained him a bishop. Just as Paul challenged Timothy today, the word challenges us too. The word of God reminds us to rekindle the gift of God that is within us. It reminds us that "God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control. Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but take your share of suffering for the gospel in the power of God."
Titus was also a, disciple of Paul. He was an ardent preacher of the gospel and a faithful collaborator of Paul. St. Paul called him "my true child in a common faith." St. Titus was such a faithful collaborator who knew the mind of Paul that the latter could entrust him with the responsibility of correcting the crisis in the Christian community in Crete and the surrounding towns. This responsibility was that Titus should appoint elders in those communities to direct the people well.
These great disciples of the Apostle knew that the work entrusted to them was great and onerous. They knew that there were on duty every day of their lives. They saw themselves sent on mission, the type the Lord Jesus sent the seventy disciples and Apostles. They responded to the words of the Lord that the harvest was plentiful but the labourers were few.
They must have remembered our Lord's words that He was sending them out like lambs in the midst of wolves. They remained steadfast to the mission entrusted to them to the end, never appropriating the mission for selfish, personal gains. This is why the church praises them today. Their lives give us example about dedication to the cause of the Master.
They give us reasons to serve with fidelity and single-mindedness. In an age where people go into the work of the gospel for pecuniary gains, their lives challenge our motivations for doing God's work. May they intercede for us to have an ardent love for the Master and all that concerns Him. Amen.
Let us pray: "O God, who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus with apostolic virtues, grant, through the intercession of them both, that, living justly and devoutly in this present age, we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.