The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday, Memorial of Sts. Titus & Timothy, Bishops, 26 January 2022 2 Timothy 1:1-8 ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> Luke 10:1-9
Praise and glory to you, God our loving Father, in sending us the great apostle St. Paul whose feast of conversion we celebrated yesterday! His life and teachings continue to loom above us this day as we celebrate the memorial of his two close associates, Saints Timothy and Titus.
…to Timothy, my dear child: 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.2 Timothy 1:1, 5-7
O God, so many times we complain of the young generation for so many things like loyalty and dedication, commitment and responsibilities without examining our very selves as their elders or adults ahead of them: how I envy St. Paul to be able to say those words to Timothy while remembering the witnessing to faith by his grandmother Lois and mother Eunice who were all guided and shepherded by the great Apostle!
Before we expect too much from those younger to us, teach us to be humble and sincere: what have we taught and lived by example to them? Have we been like St. Paul who was so full of zeal and enthusiasm in preaching the Good News to everyone, in season and out of season?
Dearest Jesus, you are the one who calls and sends us to announce "The Kingdom of God is at hand" (Lk.10:9), stir into flame in us your gifts of witnessing to your values of love, peace and justice in a world so abundantly rich in things but miserably poor in meanings; awaken us, O Lord, young and old alike, to the urgency of your mission. Amen.