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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Titus 3, 12-15

As soon as I have sent Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to join me at Nicopolis, where I have decided to spend the winter.

Help eagerly on their way Zenas the lawyer and Apollos, and make sure they have everything they need.

All our people must also learn to occupy themselves in doing good works for their practical needs, and not to be unproductive.

All those who are with me send their greetings. Greetings to those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After having entrusted Titus with the tasks closest to his heart, that is, the organization of Christian life on the island of Crete (1:5-9, 2:1-3:7) and the struggle against errors (1:10-16, 3:8-11), Paul concludes the Letter with some personal advice (3:12-14), as well as his farewell and best wishes. He writes to his disciple that he will send one of his co-workers - either Artemas or Tychicus - to take the lead of the community. Titus can thus be relieved of that responsibility and will be able to reach him immediately in Nicopolis, where the apostle will spend the winter. He advises him in any case to take care of two brothers, Zenas and Apollos, who are probably bringing the Letter to Crete and will have to continue their journey, most likely onwards towards Alexandria. They are "to lack nothing." Paul urges Titus to encourage the generosity of the community of Crete towards those who have pastoral responsibility. Indeed, they should never let themselves be outdone in generosity, either by the Jews or the pagans, who help their travelling teachers with care and kindness. This love is the fruit of a true evangelical spirit. John Chrysostom comments, "Paul asks them not to wait for those who are in need to come to them, but to go themselves to seek out those who are in need...when someone does good, what is done profits the one who receives less than the one who does it: in fact, it permits him to hold his head high before God." Finally, Paul sends the greetings of his co-workers to Titus and the community, showing them the fraternity that overcomes boundaries and begins to create the first real globalization of love. When Paul writes his letters, he always has before his eyes the Christian communities that are spread out in the various regions. They are his first concern, and he wants to make sure they keep the Gospel that he preached strong. This is God’s "grace" that Paul asks for Titus and the brothers and sisters and the entire community.

Memory of the Church