READING I: 2 Timothy 1:1-8
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10
GOSPEL: Mark 4:21-25
Ss Timothy and Titus were disciples of St Paul to whom Paul also wrote two pastoral letters which were full of useful advice for the people and the priests. Timothy was left as leader of the church in Ephesus while Titus was sent by Paul to places where disputes had arisen in the young church. These disputes were often about authority or relationships with the local Synagogue or points of doctrine. Eventually Titus became head of the church in Crete, where he died.
The importance of this feast today is that it comes immediately after the feast of St Paul and reminds us of the lovely continuity of our faith as well as its rich history. While Timothy and Titus may not be very important in themselves they are part of the continuous pattern right back to Jesus. This sense of belonging to something that has its roots right back to Jesus gives us a security in our faith.