Ask your Mom or Dad if they ever played the table game, “Trivial Pursuits.” I don’t care for the game, especially its name. “Trivial” means things that just don’t matter very much.
In the first part of our reading, St. Paul urges Timothy not to encourage people to talk about things that don’t matter—trivial spiritual pursuits. This makes for taking sides, as each one seeks to share his or her opinion as though it’s the only one that matters.
The second part of the reading from chapter 2 urges us to pray for world leaders. Pray that every leader of every nation will come to have love for others, to let go of power as the way to rule, and instead, love as God loves. They’ll tend to do this, when you pray for them. The greatest power is love.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Love coming from a pure heart 1:5
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the NInth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north. Year C
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament Letters.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…