The Wash of Regeneration

Thursday, December 19
Titus 3

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Prepare an inner manger of the heart for Jesus. Paul’s concluding chapter in this letter uplifts humility and gentleness which must precede the soul about to be immersed in the miracle of God’s presence in Christ. Thus, your spirit will be ready to receive the regenerating wash of the Holy Spirit expressed in verses 4 to 6. These are verses, which place the wonders of our redemption into tiny space; I suggest you memorize them. The verses are in preparation for the bath of grace; the following verses unfold the ways we are to live our transformed life.

Do not argue about theology; it only makes for division. Receive the measure of faith that God gives you and come into God’s presence. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matt 18:20).

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Speaking evil of no one. v. 2
Goodness and kindness of God v. 4
Saved by water of rebirth v. 5
Giving myself to good works. v. 14

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This is the third of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

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The Glorious Appearance of God

Thursday, December 12
Titus 2

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Pause before each of the virtues listed by Paul to Titus. They will wash you as the Baptism of John, cleansing you to receive ever-deeper penetrations of these gifts from the fire of the Holy Spirit.

The text from v. 11 is often the reading for Christmas Eve. These words of profound hope will launch you into a loving embrace of Jesus who wants to appear before you right now and come to you. May your heart long to possess the One with you in every successive minute of your life.

Repeat today’s reading often, such as at the hours that mark the quarter parts of the day. In this way, this holy Word of life, which encourages you and makes you eager to do the good, will transform the entire day.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Temp’rate, serious, prudent. v. 2
Rev’rent, loving, self-controlled v. 3-4
Chaste, kind, and integrity v. 5-7
Sound speech—enemies to shame v. 8

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This is the second of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

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A Leader in Your Own Way

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Titus 1

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Just as Moses prepared Joshua for leading God’s people into the Promised Land, so does Paul instruct Titus as a leader of the Church on the Island of Crete. As in the First Letter to Timothy, here are the qualities needed for a leader in the church. Similar to the contrasts in Psalm 1 are the contrasts between good and evil leaders.

God calls you to take a special place of leadership for God’s People. Beyond administrative leadership associated with the office of bishop, gifts and graces are given to you to be a leader in your own way. Meditate on the list of virtues required for spiritual leaders. What are the areas where you need to grow?

Be a steward of God and the things of God. May your daily contact with the Word steadily purify you and clarify the sacred call God has placed upon your life.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Being blameless and humble. v. 7
Welcoming the rejected. v. 8
Prudent, upright and devout. v. 8
Being called to self-control. v. 8

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This is the first of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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