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Friday, January 26, 2018

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Sts. Timothy & Titus

2 Timothy 1:1-8 or
Titus 1:1-5
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-8, 10
Mark 4:26-34

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one for the money

"May grace and peace from God our Father, and Christ Jesus our Savior, be with you." —Titus 1:5

Many Catholics first get involved with the Church through money — such as helping with various fundraisers. Some Catholics serve as ushers, taking up the collection baskets at Mass. Others count or deposit the collection. Still others serve the Church as accountants, business managers, or on parish finance councils. St. Titus is a good patron saint for these faithful people.

One of the primary ministries of St. Titus was to accompany St. Paul on a relief mission. As a response to the prophecy of Agabus about a worldwide famine (Acts 11:28), St. Paul set off throughout Asia Minor and Greece to take up a collection for the suffering people of the Holy Land, much like every Pope does today. Titus served as essentially a "captain" of Paul's fundraising team. He concentrated especially on the collections in Greece and Macedonia (2 Cor 8:16-23).

The Church needs trustworthy men and women who raise funds, but even more, who also raise faith. Praise God for these blessed servants! St. Titus also combined fundraising with faith-raising. He was trustworthy and remained attracted to God rather than money (Mt 6:24). Yet Titus understood that working with money was an important part of the ministry God gave him. Rather than shrink back from this responsibility, Titus stepped forward with zeal, faith, and charity (2 Cor 8:16ff). Titus, unlike Judas Iscariot, was trustworthy in using money for God's Kingdom and not for selfish gain. Be a Titus.

Prayer:  Father, I place all the money You have given me into Your hands.

Promise:  "May grace, mercy, and peace be yours from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord." —2 Tm 1:2

Praise:  "Thanks be to God, Who has put an equal zeal for you in the heart of Titus!" (2 Cor 8:16)

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2017

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