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Catholic Missal of the day: Friday, January 26 2024

Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops - Memorial

Second Letter to Timothy


Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am grateful to God, whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.
I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears, so that I may be filled with joy,
as I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and that I am confident lives also in you.
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.



Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name!
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke


The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"

Bl. José Gabriel Brochero()

BLESSED JOSE GABRIEL BROCHERO Priest (1840 - 1914) José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero was born on the outskirts of Santa Rosa de Rio Primero, Cordoba, on March 16, 1840. He was the fourth of ten children living from their father’s rural work. He grew up in a profoundly Christian family. Two of his sisters were nuns of the Garden of Olives. Having entered the College Seminary of Our Lady of Loreto on March 5, 1856, he was ordained a priest on November 4, 1866. He assisted in the pastoral tasks of the Cathedral of Cordoba and carried out his priestly ministry during the cholera epidemic that devastated the city. Being the prefect of studies of the Major Seminary, he received the title of master in philosophy from the University of Cordoba. At the end of 1869, he took on the extensive parish of Saint Albert: 4,336 square kilometers (1,675 square miles) with just over 10,000 inhabitants, without roads or schools, and cut off by the Great Highlands of more than 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) of altitude. The moral state and material indigence of its inhabitants was lamentable. However, Brochero’s apostolic heart was not discouraged. From that moment on, he dedicated his whole life not only to bring the Gospel to the inhabitants, but to educate and promote them. A year after arriving, he began to take men and women to Cordoba for the Spiritual Exercises. It took three days on the back of a mule to cover the 200 kilometers (125 miles) in caravans that often exceeded 500 people. More than once they were surprised by strong snow storms. On returning, after nine days in silence, prayer and penance, his faithful began to change their lives, following the Gospel and working for the economic development of the region. In 1875, with the help of his faithful, he began building the Houses of Exercises of the then Villa del Transito (a locality that today is named after him). It was inaugurated in 1877 with groups that exceeded 700 people, a total of more than 40,000 going through it during his parish ministry. As a complement, he built the House for women religious, the Girls’ School and the residence for priests. With his faithful, he built more than 200 kilometers of roads and several churches. He founded villages and was concerned about the education of all. He requested and obtained from the authorities courier posts, post offices and telegraphic posts. He planned the rail network that would go through the Valley of Traslasierra joining Villa Dolores and Soto to bring the beloved highlanders out of the poverty in which they found themselves, “abandoned by all but not by God,” as he said. He preached the Gospel using the language of his faithful: thus making it comprehensible. He celebrated the sacraments, always carrying what was necessary for the Mass on the back of his mule. No sick person was left without the sacraments, as neither the rain nor the cold stopped him. “Woe if the devil is going to rob a soul from me,” he said. He gave himself totally to all, especially the poor and the estranged, whom he sought diligently to bring them close to God. A few days after his death, the Catholic newspaper of Cordoba wrote: “It is known that Father Brochero contracted the sickness that took him to his tomb, because he visited at length and embraced an abandoned leper of the area.” Because of his illness, he gave up the parish, living a few years with his sisters in his native village. However, responding to the request of his former faithful, he returned to his House of Villa del Transito, dying leprous and blind on January 26, 1914. José Gabriel Brochero was beatified in September 2013 by Pope Francis.

Sts. Timothy and Titus(Bishops - Memorial)

SAINTS TIMOTHY AND TITUS Bishops and Disciples of St. Paul (1st century) St. Timothy was a convert of St. Paul. He was born in Lystra, Asia Minor, to a Jewess mother and a pagan father. Though Timothy had read the Scriptures since childhood, he had not been circumcised as a Jew. When St. Paul arrived in Lystra, the youthful Timothy, with his mother and grandmother, eagerly embraced the faith. Seven years later, when the Apostle again visited the country, the boy had grown into manhood. His good heart, austerities and zeal had won the esteem of all around him. Holy men were prophesying about him. St. Paul at once saw his fitness for the work of an evangelist. Timothy was ordained, and from that time became the constant coworker of the Apostle. In company with St. Paul, he visited the cities of Asia Minor and Greece: at one time hastening on in front as a trusted messenger, at another lingering behind to confirm in the faith some recently founded church. Finally, he was consecrated the first bishop of Ephesus; and here he received the two epistles which bear his name. The first was written from Macedonia and the second from Rome. While imprisoned, St. Paul gave vent to his desire to see his "dearly beloved son," if possible, once more before his death. St. Timothy, not many years after, won his martyr's crown in Ephesus. As a child, Timothy delighted in reading sacred books; and to his last hour, he would remember the parting words of his spiritual father, "Attende lectioni - Apply thyself to reading."************************ St. Titus was a convert from paganism. He was St. Paul's disciple, companion on the journey to the Council of Jerusalem, and fellow-laborer in many apostolic missions. From the Second Epistle that St. Paul sent with Titus to the Corinthians, we gain an insight into the latter's character and the affection of his master. Titus had been commissioned to carry out a twofold office that needed much firmness, discretion and charity. He was to be the bearer of a severe rebuke to the Corinthians who were scandalizing and wavering in their faith; and at the same time he was to put their charity to a further test by calling upon them for abundant alms for the church in Jerusalem. St. Paul, meanwhile, was anxiously awaiting the result. At Troas, St. Paul writes, "I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus, my brother." St. Paul set sail to Macedonia. Here at last, Titus brought the good news. His success had been complete. He reported the sorrow, the zeal and the generosity of the Christians, till the Apostle could not contain his joy, and sent back to them his faithful messenger with the letter of comfort from which we have quoted. Titus was finally left as a bishop in Crete, and here he, in turn, received the epistle which bears his name, and here at last he died in peace. The mission of Titus to Corinth shows us how well the disciple caught the spirit of his master. He knew how to be firm and to inspire respect. The Corinthians, we are told, "received him with fear and trembling." He was patient and painstaking. St. Paul "gave thanks to God, Who had put such carefulness for them in the heart of Titus." And these gifts were enhanced by a quickness to detect and call out all that was good in others, and by a joyousness which overflowed upon the spirit of St. Paul himself, who "abundantly rejoiced in the joy of Titus."


Category: Mass by Year / Catholic Missal 2024 / Catholic Missal of january 2024

Published: 2023-11-27T19:49:29Z | Modified: 2023-11-27T19:49:29Z