Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saints Timothy and Titus

"For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.  For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. " 2 Timothy 6-8

Our faith is certainly a gift. We did nothing to earn it. We can accept it or leave it. But each of us through our baptism has the Holy Spirit within us. That fire, though weak or dormant, can be stirred into flame, just as St. Paul tells Timothy in his second letter, above. On a cold day like today, light a fire in your fireplace and watch how the small flame turns into a blaze. What makes that happen? The match, the original flame, must touch the kindling and the logs. When the kindling and logs are stacked together, the fire can really roar. So too in our spiritual life. We need the original light from God, but then we need to use it and share it. Works of Mercy, bible study, fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, prayer, and especially reception of the Sacraments all serve as our "kindling" and "logs" of the spiritual life.

So today, say your prayers, help someone in need, open your bible, get to confession or mass and stir into flame your faith. Jesus told us in Luke 12:49, “I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning!"  Let's get this fire started!

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