Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved 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—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God.
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“I recall your sincere faith.” Today we celebrate two great saints of the early church, Timothy and Titus. These two men witnessed to their faith and helped to build the early church. By their preaching and their example they brought others to faith in Christ. They carried on the work that Paul had begun.
So what am I doing to proclaim the Gospel? What can I do to bring others to faith in Christ? I am certainly not like Paul or Timothy or Titus and cannot go around preaching and establishing churches. But I testify to my faith by the way I treat others. By being respectful, honest and sincere, kind and merciful, I can let others know who Jesus is. My actions become the words of my message. If my actions do not reflect the life of Christ, then my faith lacks depth and my message is lost.
How will you proclaim Christ today?
Dear Lord, you have no hands but my hands
to do your work today;
You have no feet but my feet
to lead others along your way.
You have no tongue but my tongue
to tell all you lived and died.
You have no help but my help
to bring all to your side.
—a Catholic Action prayerPlease share the Good Word with your friends!