Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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Today the Armenian Church remembers the massacre during the First World War in which more than one million Armenians were killed.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Titus 3, 8-11

This is doctrine that you can rely on. I want you to be quite uncompromising in teaching all this, so that those who now believe in God may keep their minds constantly occupied in doing good works. All this is good, and useful for everybody.

But avoid foolish speculations, and those genealogies, and the quibbles and disputes about the Law -- they are useless and futile.

If someone disputes what you teach, then after a first and a second warning, have no more to do with him:

you will know that anyone of that sort is warped and is self-condemned as a sinner.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

In these last instructions, Paul urges Titus to remind the believers of the greatness of the gift they have received from God. This awareness should drive them to "devote themselves to good works." The exemplarity of Christians is not based on a simple effort of goodwill, but on being Jesus’ disciples, that is, his imitators. Therefore their life is not only "excellent," that is, holy and good, but also "profitable to everyone." Through their behaviour, Christians make this world more beautiful and human. Because of this, the lives of Christians matter to the world. They are the source of a new humanism, a new way people can relate to one another, and a new way of life. The apostle has this perspective so close to his heart that he tells Titus to concentrate on it and not to get lost in unprofitable and useless things. Too often we give in to the temptation to multiply our commitments without any purpose or rule, squandering our days and especially risk living in an irrelevant and noisy superficiality. Paul puts Titus on guard against "stupid controversies," that is, abstract speculations and quarrels about ritual precepts. All of that is to be avoided. Only a truly evangelical life that reveals itself in good works is truly "profitable" for men and women (3:8). This is what we have to devote ourselves to. False doctrines, on the contrary, are worthless and even harmful. Titus - and every Christian - needs to hold the good of the community in his or her heart above all else. Those who let themselves be distracted from this attention, end up letting themselves be dominated by their instincts and crushed by them. In this way they are almost forced to persevere in their sin. They remain disobedient and exclude themselves from common life and therefore from salvation.