The Cultivation of Virtue (Fri. Dec. 18)

The word of the day is “virtue.”  In today’s reading of Titus 1:15-2:10, St. Paul gives instructions about the virtues that Timothy should teach his flock. Paul gives special counsel for different groups in the congregation: older men and older women, younger women and younger men,  and bondservants. A Pattern of Good Works But the young Bishop himself should be “a pattern of good works in doctrine, showing integrity, reverence and incorruptibility” (vs. 2: 7) (Strong’s 5179, 254). The Greek word that The Orthodox Study Bible translates as “pattern” comes from the term “stamp with a blow.”  What is struck by the die is a copy of the original (Strong’s #5179, 254).  As such a stamp, Timothy should “show himself”…