First reading 2 Timothy 1:1-8

Fan into a flame the gift God gave you

From Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus in his design to promise life in Christ Jesus; to Timothy, dear child of mine, wishing you grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
  Night and day I thank God, keeping my conscience clear and remembering my duty to him as my ancestors did, and always I remember you in my prayers; I remember your tears and long to see you again to complete my happiness. Then I am reminded of the sincere faith which you have; it came first to live in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I have no doubt that it is the same faith in you as well.
  That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy.
 

Responsorial Psalm 95(96):1-3,7-8,10

Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.
 
O sing a new song to the Lord,
  sing to the Lord all the earth.
  O sing to the Lord, bless his name.
 
Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.
 
Proclaim his help day by day,
  tell among the nations his glory
  and his wonders among all the peoples.
 
Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.
 
Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
  give the Lord glory and power;
  give the Lord the glory of his name.
 
Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.
 
Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’
  The world he made firm in its place;
  he will judge the peoples in fairness.
 
Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.
 

Gospel Luke 10:1-9

Your peace will rest on that man

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”’
 
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Following the footsteps of Timothy and Titus

Today, we celebrate the Feast of SS. Timothy and Titus, the two coworkers of St. Paul. Though St. Paul was passionate in his work as a  missionary of the Good News, he did not work alone but always worked with others. Two people that St. Paul fully trusted were Timothy and Titus, who would dedicate their lives to be his partners to bring the Good News to all people.
 
In today’s gospel, Jesus appointed seventy-two to be his partners, his helpers in mission. Today, Jesus looks at us and needs us to proclaim by our words and actions to those around us the Good News that “the kingdom of God is very near you”, i.e., “God is near, God loves, God cares, and thus, He is our peace and hope”. SS. Timothy and Titus chose to be St. Paul’s faithful partners to the end. What about us? Are we willing to be Jesus’ partners to carry on His work today?
 
Question for reflection:
How can I help Jesus bring the Good News to those around me today?
 
 
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year C” by Sr. Sandra Seow FMVD.