Epistle: For the Holy Fathers; Titus 3:8-15
In Saint Paul’s letter to Titus, we hear about a life renewed in Christ. This renewal in Christ begins with the Holy Sacrament of Baptism. As we know at baptism, our old self is removed, and we are replaced with the garment of Christ, the robe of righteousness. Most importantly, we are re-created or renewed in Jesus Christ.
Our renewal means that we are united with Christ. We are to do our absolute best to maintain this oneness with the Lord. To do this we are to avoid the things that would bring us away from Christ. Saint Paul lists for us the things that we should avoid: foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law. Saint Paul urges us to do works in unity that are fruitful for our faith in Christ.
We are to teach and follow the fruits of the spirit to help guide us in our work so that we may produce good and profitable works and be united with Christ. If we do these deeds without the love of Christ or for boasting towards others, then we are not performing profitable works nor are they with the love of Christ.
May we all do our best to maintain our renewed garment of Christ obtained at our Baptism. May we work towards maintaining and fostering our renewed life in Christ.