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Great God and Savior

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  • Reading I: Titus 1:1-9
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 24:1-2,5-6
  • Gospel Reading:  Luke 17:1-6

Titus

 

The Letters to Timothy and Titus are transition points in the history of the early church for here we find Paul the apostle passing on the torch to a new generation of church leaders. 

Titus was one of the collaborators of Paul.  He is mentioned in the epistles by name:

2 Corinthians 2:13; 7:6.13.14; 8:6.16.23; 12:18

Galatians 2:1.3

2 Timothy 4:10

Titus 1:4

In the present selection, we find Paul addressing him as "my true child in our common faith."  It was Paul who baptized him, just as he did Onesimus.  The epistle is like a memo for a new bishop whom Paul instructs to "appoint presbyters in every town".  The church has expanded, and in Crete, Paul finds it necessary that in every town there should be a presbyter.  Qualifications are also given.

It is interesting how Paul describes "God" and "Christ Jesus" here.  First, he says "God our savior" and then "Christ Jesus our savior" in one long sentence (compare 1:3 and 2:10).  The word "savior" is used here six times –  1:3.4;2:10.13;3:4.6 — and is a key word in the letter.  Later, Paul will mention both phrases again in 3:4-7 associating God’s saving action with baptism, “through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit,6 whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.”

We often associate the title “Savior” to Jesus Christ. Here there is an instance where “Savior” is “God”. Further, there are Christian sects who claim that baptism with water isn’t important. This passage from the letter to Titus is clear in its reference to baptism — “bathe of rebirth” — as the means of justification by grace.

Titus 1:1-9
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1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of the elect of God and the acknowledging of the truth, which is according to godliness:
2Unto the hope of life everlasting, which God, who lieth not, hath promised before the times of the world:
3But hath in due times manifested his word in preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Saviour:
4To Titus my beloved son, according to the common faith, grace and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Saviour.
5For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and shouldest ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed thee:
6If any be without crime, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly.
7For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not proud, not subject to anger, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre:
8But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just, holy, continent:
9Embracing that faithful word which is according to doctrine, that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine, and to convince the gainsayers.
Psalm 24:1-2,5-6
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1On the first day of the week, a psalm for David. The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof: the world, and all they that dwell therein.
2For he hath founded it upon the seas; and hath prepared it upon the rivers.
5He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God his Saviour.
6This is the generation of them that seek him, of them that seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Luke 17:1-6
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1And he said to his disciples: It is impossible that scandals should not come: but woe to him through whom they come.
2It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones.
3Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him: and if he do penance, forgive him.
4And if he sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day be converted unto thee, saying, I repent; forgive him.
5And the apostles said to the Lord: Increase our faith.
6And the Lord said: If you had faith like to a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this mulberry tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou transplanted into the sea: and it would obey you.
2 Corinthians 2:13; 7:6
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213I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother; but bidding them farewell, I went into Macedonia.
76But God, who comforteth the humble, comforted us by the coming of Titus.
Galatians 2:1
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1Then, after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with me.
2 Timothy 4:10
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10Crescens into Galatia, Titus into Dalmatia.
Titus 1:4
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4To Titus my beloved son, according to the common faith, grace and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Saviour.

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