— Saints Timothy and Titus —
Ordinary Time Week 3: Monday

“For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.” (II Timothy 1:6)

In commenting on these verses from today’s First Reading, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“For it requires much zeal to stir up the gift of God. As fire requires fuel, so grace requires our alacrity, that it may be ever fervent. For it is in our power to kindle or extinguish this grace. For by sloth and carelessness it is quenched, and by watchfulness and diligence it is kept alive. For it is in you indeed, but you must render it more vehement, that is, fill it with confidence, with joy and delight. Stand manfully.” (Homilies on II Timothy, 1)

O God,
Who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus
with apostolic virtues,
grant, through the intercession of them both,
that, living justly and devoutly in this present age,
we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen