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Святой Апостол Тит Критский Косово, XIV век. Печь Патриаршия. Церковь св. Николая Public Domain

Святой Апостол Тит Критский Косово, XIV век. Печь Патриаршия. Церковь св. Николая Public Domain

Two days before Christmas, a minor voice from the New Testament speaks out. Squeezed obscurely between Timothy and Philemon, not large players themselves, Titus has a voice worth listening to:

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation [health, integrity, wholeness] to all… 

Two days out from Christmas, Titus reminds us that, ultimately, a gift has been revealed, the implications of which are still not fully grasped by the human race, even those who are the bearers of the good news, the custodians of its narratives and the living witnesses to its effects. Titus goes on to spell out some practical implications of receiving this grace, thus sharpening our focus. It seems that the Advent task of preparation and the Christmas task of celebrating and spreading the news come together when we hear the voice of Titus.

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