Friday, January 25, 2019
SATURDAY, 2ND Week in Ordinary Time
January 26, 2019 – SATURDAY, 2ND Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops
2 Tim 1: 1 – 8 / Mk 3: 20 - 21
Sts. Timothy (d. 97) and Titus (d. 107) were both disciples of St. Paul the Apostle. St. Timothy was the first Bishop of Ephesus while St. Titus was the first Bishop of Crete. St.. Paul wrote three pastoral letters to them.
From the 1st Reading: 2 Tm 1: 3 – 8
I give thanks to God whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my ancestors did, as I remember you constantly, day and night, in my prayers. I recall your tears and I long to see you that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, so like the faith of your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, which I am sure you have inherited.
For this reason I invite you to fan into a flame the gift of God you received through the laying on of my hands. For God did not confer on us a spirit of bashfulness, but of strength, love and good judgment. Do not be ashamed of testifying to our Lord, nor of seeing me in chains. On the contrary, do your share in laboring for the Gospel with the strength of God.
Gospel Reading: Mk 3: 20 – 21
They went home. The crowd began to gather again and they couldn't even have a meal. Knowing what was happening, his relatives came to take charge of him. "He is out of his mind," they said.
Rick Warren once twitted, "Disciples wanted. Tough job. Incredible retirement plan." Such was the challenge the first twelve called by Jesus had to take. The same call is given to all of us who are seriously trying to live up to being Christians. Our worldly training conditions us to pursue the so-called good life, rather than a life that is good.
In today's Gospel reading, true disciples, like their master, may often be similarly chided to be out of their minds. We are blessed to be in a community where we are able to witness people who give their all for our Lord - time, talent, and treasure, without counting the cost.
Sometimes, they are called "Fools for Christ." However, they bear much fruit, not as the world measures it, but as our Lord expects from his disciples: saving marriages, comforting the sick, giving hope to the hopeless and salvation to the least, the last and the lost! All attained by God's amazing grace and tireless evangelization, service, and mission work.
As we partake of the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist, we are reminded of the hardship and sacrifice that Jesus had to undergo to save us from our sins (Heb 9:14). It is in this communion with our Lord that we are able to rationalize all the hard work that has to be endured in proclaiming his greatness... to the ends of the earth.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Have a good day!
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