|Memorial, St. Josephat
Titus 2:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 37:3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29
In his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius encourages the retreatant to always strive for the “magis” in following Christ. In our Scripture passages today we are given two reasons why striving for this “greater service” is important.
In his letter to Titus, Paul is encouraging the older men and women by their good example they must teach the younger members of the Christian Community. Next, Paul admonishes the young to keep themselves under control and not fail to set a good example for others.
In grade school, my friends and I had lots of heroes in the sports world. We would exchange trading cards, read whatever we could get our hands on concerning the performance of these athletic giants on and off the fields of play and try to imitate their lead. Then during high school, the most influential heroes for me were two of the Jesuit Scholastics (seminarian teachers in training). Their example, dedication to us students and their cheerful and meaningful way they lived their daily lives made a tremendous impression on me. I became convinced that a vocation like theirs should be the lifestyle of my future. Their living the “magis” helped me to decide my vocation to join the Jesuits.
We never know what impact, for good or evil, we have on others.
Paul is challenging the readers of his day along with us to pursue the
“magis” in the hope that the example of our lifestyle might further God’s
Kingdom on earth.
One faith message from today’s readings can be the challenge to live
the “magis.” This “going beyond the call of duty” can have the positive
influence on the way our friends and neighbors are motivated to serve the
Lord. The more we live completely dependent upon God the more we
will be aware that just as his loving care and protection knows no parameters
so our loving service of the Lord will always find new ways for doing more.
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