Tuesday, January 26, 1999
First Reading: 2 Timothy 1: 1-8 or Titus 1: 1-5
Psalms: Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-11
Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 31-35
Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, Bishops and Disciples of the early Church
The disciple Saint Timothy was a prized pupil of Saint Paul.
Timothy's father had been Greek, his mother Eunice Jewish. Both
converted to Christianity and Eunice tutored Timothy in the faith.
On Paul's first missionary journey Timothy was converted and
baptized, accompanying the Apostle on his second and third
journeys. As the Acts of the Apostles affirms, Paul sent Timothy
to minister to the Greeks in Macedonia, Thessalonica, and
Corinth. From all reports Timothy became a bishop in Ephesus
and there he died a natural death.
The other bishop whose feast we celebrate today - Saint Titus
was converted with Timothy, but unlike Timothy, was pagan born
and not tutored by his parents in the faith. Titus was invited to join
Paul and Saint Barnabas to the Council of Jerusalem with the
other Apostles. Paul, as is confirmed in his Second Letter to the
Corinthians, had great trust in Titus and appointed him bishop of
the Church in Crete. There he died at an old age, also a peaceful
death. Both, along with Saint John, were a few of the only ones
not martyred for their faith. Titus holds a special place in the
hearts of Croatians.