Titus or Timothy?

This weekend’s cycle C option for Baptism of the Lord includes a mask-up of the Night and Dawn readings from Christmas: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7. I wonder if a better option wouldn’t have been to include the credal statement from 1 Timothy 3 with a preliminary two sentences from the chapter prior:

For there is one God.
There is also one mediator between God and the human race,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself as ransom for all.
This was the testimony at the proper time.
Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,
Who was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16)

I do think Liam is likely right: enough of the tinkering with the Christmastide liturgies. Still, that doesn’t mean the current choices are the best. Maybe 1 John 1:1-4 matches better with the Day reading of John 1:1-18. I’m inclined to favor an option for Epiphany on the 6th, still.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Titus or Timothy?

  1. Liam says:

    If there is to be any further tinkering with the Christmastide liturgies, I am in favor of a further modulation of The Baptism of The Lord into The Theophany, a fully Trinitarian focus, as it has been since Antiquity in the Eastern tradition, the first full manifestation of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Bringing that bit of Timothy in as you suggest would help.

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