Timothy and Titus

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Timothy and Titus, early bishops whose feast we celebrate today. They are disciples and companion of Paul. Gentiles and Jewish-Gentile ethnicity. Some say wow! The right hand man of Paul, for certain they must have been important. But wait, stop and think. Paul as not revered in society, they tossed him into jail. If Paul was the criminal, they were much less. Outcasts and deviant the three of them, yet these two served Paul, in the name of the LORD. Fact from fiction, truth separated like fire tried gold. For those that pray the Liturgy of them Hours, Paul is celebrated as Apostle. The other two with the Common of Pastors. Peter the Popa , and the Church is served. Outcasts, prisoners, and warriors; they fought for the faith. Timothy and Titus did not gain respect from men, their celebration is because they taught the will of the LORD. Esteemed now, not then. One must look at them in their culture and not through the rose-colored glasses of today. They went against the grain, they challenged and provoked and served. Uncelebrated, downcast, persecuted, yet resolute. Think about the outcast and mumble the reading of today:

Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the Kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”

They were the seed that bore fruit, against all odds. Trampled and scattered, yet they still grew; and they did so against all odds. Let me correct myself, it was not they who grew. It was the message they spread, and scattered, and nurtured. It took hold, that word of God. For they were simple servants, let’s celebrate them. Today.

Basil and Gregory

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Basil and Gregory, in the years 300, knew each other. They became friends, scholars, and hermits. They then became Bishops. They shared in their quest for the Christ. Inspiration. They became hermits, on retreat and separated from their surroundings. Contemplative and cautious of the influence of the day. Through these; Christ, noble friendship, and contemplative pursuit, they became bishops in a Church at it’s infancy. What dwelled in Mary had dwelled in their hearts and minds.

A quick note on Lucy’s Day

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Today is the Advent celebration of Saint Lucy’s Day, it is a festival of light. Lucy translates Lux or light, and her day occurs at the darkest time of year. Today also is the second day of Hanukkah, a festival of light.

Saint Lucy’s day is full of traditions, especially in Nordic countries. Hungary has the tradition of plants pot of wheat on this day. By Christmas that wheat will sprout to several centimeters in length, symbolic of the infant in the manger and the Body of Christ present in the Eucharist.

Next Sunday is Gaudete Sunday.

A link to share

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Saint Nicholas is an Advent saint. His feast day ( December 6 ) always occurs in the beginning of the Advent Season. The Saint morphed into the Santa of the USA through advertisement campaigns, politicians, and World War Two. The Saints day had its own traditions that were firmly rooted in Christianity. The bishop Nicholas was not a secular phenomenon. A great place to learn about the true Saint Nicholas is the Saint Nicholas Center . Click the link to learn about some of the Advent and Christian traditions that have been lost to secular consumerism.