Thursday 26 January
Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops
on Thursday of week 3 in Ordinary Time
First reading – 2 Timothy 1:1-8
St. Paul is wishing Timothy, “… grace, mercy and peace…”. Grace to activate our gifts, mercy to absolve our weakness and peace to endure the challenges. Grace is needed not to have a spirit of timidity. Grace is needed to have the Spirit of power, love, and self-control. Mercy is needed not to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord. We are ashamed when we have weaknesses or shortcomings. But there the mercy of God will help. Then peace is needed to bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News. For all this, we must rely on the power of God. For all this St. Paul is praying for Timothy. In prayer, Paul is uniting his wishes to Timothy and his advises to Timothy. Advises must be accompanied by wishes and both be united in prayer. Let’s reflect: how much we unite in our prayers our advices to others with wishes for grace, mercy and peace?