It is not often the Church gives us a choice of two first readings and it is even less seldom that we have the name of a grandmother and mother of an ordinary person in the New Testament, but today we have both.
Timothy and Titus were friends and colleagues of Paul. Paul wrote letters to each of them. It is to Timothy that Paul mentions the fact that his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice were the first in his family to "hear the word."
But Paul also says that he ordained Timothy a priest, "When I laid my hands upon you." This laying on of hands has been the method used from the foundation of the church for ordination. Paul also tells Timothy not to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord.
This reading is important today for two reasons. The first is that it shows the importance of passing on the faith in the family; Timothy was brought up in a Christian home.
The second is the laying on of hands and the tradition of the priesthood. When some people, even priests, are questioning the apostolic succession and the foundation of the priesthood by Jesus it is important to understand where the tradition comes from and the sources in scripture.
Paul, Timothy and Titus were friends in the faith. As such they are an example to us all. We should keep in contact with like minded people and nurture the faith and hope that has been given us.
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