FAN INTO A FLAME

Monday 26th January – Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

Reflection: 2 Timothy 1: 1-8

FAN INTO A FLAME

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of SS Timothy and Titus who were both Bishops in the early Christian Church. Though Timothy’s father was Greek, his mother, Eunice was Jewish and she and his grandmother, Lois had a deep faith in Christ which she passed on to her son, Timothy.

Many of us young Catholics were baptised as infants, thus becoming Christians before we knew anything at all and we have been taught by our parents and elders the way of righteousness. Are we holding on to this teaching and growing in holiness like Timothy did? Today, St Paul tells Timothy to fan into a flame the gift of God he had received when hand were laid on him. At our confirmation, the sacrament that completed our Christian initiation, the Bishop laid his hand on us, invoking on us the fullness of God’s Spirit. Are we fanning this gift of the Holy Spirit’s presence into a flame? Are we open to His promptings?

Beloved, our Christian faith can be likened to hot coals which would make a fire when fanned but become cold and useless if left alone. Fanning our faith into a flame implies that we respond to the grace of God in us. It is achieved through daily communion with God in prayers, taking time to prayerfully study His word and frequenting the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist. As we open our hearts to God in these ways, He strengthens our faith, allowing the seed of faith planted in us to blossom; he teaches us the demands of our Christian calling and gives us the grace to live it out to the full. Only then can we effectively pass on our faith to our progeny like Lois and Eunice did.

PRAYER: Dear Father, I thank you for the gift of faith and for your Spirit and dwells in my heart. Please help me to be sensitive and obedient to His leading always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 205 – What happens in Confirmation?

In Confirmation the soul of a baptized Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks this individual forever as a Christian. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the strength from above in which this individual puts the grace of his Baptism into practice through his life and acts as a “witness” for Christ.

HIDE A TREASURE: “For this reason I remind you to fan into a flame the gift of God you have received through the laying on of my hands” 2 Timothy 1:6 CCB

Readings for Today: 2 Timothy 1: 1-8; Psalm 96: 1-3, 7-10; Mark 3: 22-30

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