Thursday, January 26, 2017

Memorial of St. Timothy and St. Titus, bishops

(II Timothy 1:1-8; Mark 4:21-25)

The light of which Jesus speaks in today’s gospel is himself.  He did not come to bask in his own light but to shine his light on others that they might see clearly.  He asks his disciples to listen carefully to his lesson.  He tells them that they will be rewarded on the basis of how much of his light they reflect on others. 

Saints Timothy and Titus provide such light.  They work first along with St. Paul to shine Christ throughout western Asia and into Europe.  Then they shoulder responsibility for their respective churches in Ephesus and in Crete.  Paul remains their mentor. As he tells Timothy later in this letter, his protégés are to preach Christ in season and out of season.

We too are to reflect the light of Christ in the world.  Our care for the sick and the depressed especially, the poor and the disabled bathes the world in the gentle hue of Christ’s love.