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Friday, January 26, 2024

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Sts. Timothy & Titus

2 Timothy 1:1-8 or Titus 1:1-5
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-8, 10
Mark 4:26-34

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believing is seeing

“Promote their knowledge of the truth as our religion embodies it.” —Titus 1:1

No matter how well or poorly I teach the Scriptures through this booklet, you can almost immediately at least double the insights you receive from reading the Scriptures for the daily Mass by deciding to share anything you receive. If you put any light you receive on the lampstand (Mk 4:21), you will receive more light. “In the measure you give you shall receive, and more besides” (Mk 4:24). Understanding the Bible is not so much a matter of intelligence, but of sharing.

To share the Good News credibly though, we must live the Good News. Understanding the Bible is basically a matter of obeying it. Some people maintain they need to understand something before obeying it. With the Bible, however, we must obey it before we ever truly and deeply understand it. For example, we don’t understand how Jesus is present in Holy Communion merely because we have read the Bible. The Bible doesn’t explain this in detail. However, when we obey the Bible by participating in the Last Supper in memory of Jesus (1 Cor 11:24-25), devoting ourselves “to the breaking of bread” (Acts 2:42), and sharing our faith in Jesus present in the Eucharist, then we receive amazing insights. We see the light and understand what the Bible means. Believing, living, and sharing is seeing.

Prayer:  Father, give me a deep faith in You by which I can understand You much more profoundly.

Promise:  “I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed when my hands were laid on you. The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly Spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise.” —2 Tm 1:6-7

Praise:  “Thanks be to God, Who has put an equal zeal for you in the heart of Titus!” (2 Cor 8:16)


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