Memorial of Sts.Timothy and Titus
St. Timothy and St. Titus, bishops. Disciples and companions of St Paul. Timothy, of whom the New Testament bears two epistles addressed to him from St. Paul, was left as the first Bishop of Ephesus, and Titus of Crete, where he was also the recipient of a Pauline epistle, and where he died at an advanced age.
Other featured Saints
St. Augustine Erlandsson, bishop (†1188). Archbishop of Nidaros (present-day Trondheim – Norway), he defended the Church confided to him against sovereigns and fortified it with admirable diligence.
St. Alberic of Cîteaux, abbot (†1109). One of the founders of the Monastery of Cîteaux in France.
St. Paula, widow (†404). Roman widow, spiritual disciple of St. Jerome, who lived with her daughter, St. Eustochium, in a monastery she founded in Bethlehem of Judea.
Blessed Michael Kozal, Bishop and martyr (†1943). Auxiliary Bishop of Wlocławek, Poland. For defending the Faith and the liberty of the Church He was imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp, and was killed by lethal injection.
Blessed Gabriele Maria Allegra, priest (†1976). Franciscan, outstanding scholar and preacher, he translated the entire Bible into the Chinese language. He died in Hong Kong.
Blessed Marie de la Dive du Verdier, martyr (†1794). Widow guillotined during the French Revolution for her fidelity to the Church.
First Reading – 2 Tm 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.
Paul, a slave of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones and the recognition of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before time began, who indeed at the proper time revealed his word in the proclamation with which I was entrusted by the command of God our savior, to Titus, my true child in our common faith: grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior.
For this reason I left you in Crete so that you might set right what remains to be done and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10 (R.3)
R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name. R.
Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. R.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name! R.
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity. R.
Gospel – Lk 10:1-9
The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called Him.
A crowd seated around him told Him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for You.”
But He said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”