Malvern Minute – Thursday
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January 26, 2017 – Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

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A Reading from the beginning of the Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy (1:1-8)

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God
for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my dear child:
grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to God,
whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,
as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.
I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,
so that I may be filled with joy,
as I recall your sincere faith
that first lived in your grandmother Lois
and in your mother Eunice
and that I am confident lives also in you.

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

Reflect: Stir into flame God’s gift. Paul addresses Timothy as a spiritual father speaking to his son. Paul understands the temptations to walk away from giving witness to Jesus Christ because of the pressures of ridicule, rejection and flat out persecution. That’s why he is emphatic in reminding Timothy that through the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Confirmation), God did not impart a spirit of cowardice but rather one of love and self-control. As we might want to remind any brother or sister on the Christian journey who is facing challenging times because of their belief, Paul encourages Timothy to not be ashamed of Jesus Christ or his cross.  Paul wants to fortify Timothy for the challenge. He understands that as any follower of Christ there will be hardship; but in the cross there is power and victory. May the Holy Spirit stir into flame God’s gifts to each of us.

Is there anyone that I might need to encourage today to stay strong and faithful to Christ?  If I feel weak and powerless about my response to Christ, can I go to prayer today to ask him for strength, self-control and fortification for my daily journey toward him?

 

Pray: Loving God, fortify me for the journey in this world. Give me a courageous heart to remain faithful to you even in the midst of great temptation and social pressure. May my strength be the victory of your cross and the power of your Word. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saints Timothy and Titus: Pray for us!

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

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