September 30, 2010 | 09:57 am

Thursday - Faith of the Matriarchs

2 Timothy 1:1-14 is packed full of many thoughts about faith and life. I am particularly captivated by verse 5. Critics of the Bible have sometimes accused it of being sexist and patriarchal. While this is a critique that we must not be too quick to dismiss, I pause at verse 5 to happily notice that the models of faith being used in this example happen to be Lois and Eunice (Timothy’s grandmother and mother). Timothy’s own faith was taught to him by his family. The author of this letter also affirms that not only is faith learned within our biological families, but it is passed on to us through the community. In verse 6 the laying on of hands is a physical symbol of the way the community passes on faith. The opening of this letter reminds me that God gives us multiple ways of learning faith. The author reminds us that faith is always practiced within community. - Jes Kast-Keat