Readings and Reflection for Thursday January 26, Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops

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FIRST READING

“To Titus, my true child in a common faith.”

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Titus (Titus 1:1-5)

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by command of God our Saviour; to Titus, my true child in a common faith

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 96:1-2a. 2b-3. 7-8a.10 (R. 3)

R/. Tell among all the peoples the wonders of the Lord

O sing a new song to the Lord,

sing to the Lord, all the earth,

O sing to the Lord, bless his name. R/.

Proclaim his salvation day by bay,

Tell among the nations his glory,

and his wonders among all the people. R/.

Give the LORD, you families of peoples,

give the Lord glory and power,

give the LORD the glory of his name. R/.

Say to the nations, “The LORD is king.”

The world he made firm in its place;

he will judge the peoples in fairness R/.

Alleluia.

Alleluia. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light to my path. Alleluia.

GOSPEL

“The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few.”

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 10:1-9)

At that time: The Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. God your way, behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. Whatever you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you,’’’’’

The Gospel of the Lord.

TODAY’S REFLECTION

Yesterday we noted that Jesus is everything for us and so we must endeavor to prepare a dwelling place for him in our lives. In doing that, we are bound to face some challenges. Nonetheless, we must persevere in Christ; it would be unwise to look for other means of getting solutions when he is the supreme power. If you persevere in him, he will reward you with abundance. St John Bosco faced a lot of challenges during his ministry form both civil and religious leaders (even from his boys). Sometimes it would seem that he had come to a dead end. Yet he continued to thrive through his faith in divine providence. Trust God today and carry on; he will never abandon you.

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