Paul had a number of friends that helped his with his ministry of the gospel. Today we honor two of those companions, Timothy and Titus.
Paul, a slave of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ
for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones
and the recognition of religious truth,
in the hope of eternal life
that God, who does not lie, promised before time began,
who indeed at the proper time revealed his word
in the proclamation with which I was entrusted
by the command of God our savior,
to Titus, my true child in our common faith:
grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior.
Paul himself ordained Timothy as Bishop of Ephesus. Timothy was the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. He was one of Paul’s favorite disciples, travelling extensively with Paul. He ultimately was martyred at Ephesus for refusing to participate in a pagan ritual.
Titus, who was a Greek convert to Christianity, was a frequent companion of Paul and Barnabas and evidently had a gift for resolving conflicts in several of the new churches around the Mediterranean. He ultimately served as the first Bishop of Crete.
St. Titus and St. Timothy, pray for us.