The last chapter of Paul’s letter to Titus is once again reassuring Titus on how a Christian person should act. We cannot build up a Christian community and church on bad virtues, this is not what God has asked of us. God lives and acts through our acts of love for one another. It is not by any righteous deed but the grace and mercy of God. He has given us a second opportunity to live righteous according to the new covenant made by Jesus. Paul insists Titus stays true to doctrine and pays no attention to heretics out to destroy the kingdom.
Now more than ever we need mercy. Some of the great theologians of our time argue we are living in the time of mercy. How can God shower us with mercy and act through us if we aren’t living out our universal call to holiness and Christian life. When we have fights over disease and race. We aren’t loving our neighbor and are certainly not loving God. It should be all of our prayers that we are inspired by Paul’s words to rebuild our Christian community and way of life so we have divine mercy poured out onto us.