Monday, January 26, 2009
Timothy and Titus, Early Bishops
Timothy and Titus were disciples of Paul who became Bishops in the early Church; Paul wrote them letters that are still being read today as they are part of the New Testament. These letters are worth reading and are not too long. Timothy was Bishop of Ephesus; he was stoned to death around the year 97. Titus was Bishop of Crete and died of old age.
In today's Gospel, Jesus speaks to the Scribes in parables. One thing he says struck me today as being consoling and then terrifying. "Amen I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people will utter will be forgiven them." (This is the consoling part.) "But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness but is guilty of an everlasting sin.". We are temples of the Holy Spirit and we learn to pay attention and heed the gentle inspirations of the Spirit within us. Let us be more attentive this week to these nudges of the Holy Spirit.
A quote from St. Madeleine Sophie: "Nothing that can please the Heart of Jesus is small."