Sunday, January 01, 2017


Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

January 2, 2017 – MONDAY

Christmas Weekday 

Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

Bishops and Doctors of the Church

Memorial, White


1 Jn 2:22- 28 / Jn 1:19-28


     Sts. Basil the Great (329 - 379), Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and Gregory Nazianzen (329 - 389), Patriarch of Constantinople, two outstanding doctors of the Eastern Church, fought against the Arian heresy.


FROM THE 1ST READING:     1 Jn 2:22-23

     Who is the liar? The one who denies that Jesus is the Christ. This is an antichrist, who denies both the Father and the Son. The one who denies the Son is without the Father, and those who acknowledge the Son also have the Father.



     This was the testimony of John when the Jews sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?" John recognized the truth and did not deny it. He said, "I am not the Messiah."


     And they asked him, "Then, who are you? Elijah?" He answered, "I am not." They said, "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."  Then they said to him, "Tell us who you are, so that we can give some answer to those who sent us. How do you see yourself?" And John said, quoting the prophet Isaiah, "/am the voice crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord."


     Those who had been sent were Pharisees; so they put a further question to John: "Then why are you baptizing if you are not the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?" John answered, "I baptize you with water, but among you stands one whom you do not know; although he comes after me, I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandals."



     Why do we believe in the Holy Trinity? Because to know the Son is also to know the Father and this inner knowledge comes from the Holy Spirit. Anyone begotten by God is a child of God. His knowledge of God comes from above. With the seal of the Holy Spirit in him, it is almost impossible for him to deny God. Once we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, we always want to please God. We do not want him to ever leave our side. We enjoy his presence in us so much that we pray a lot, we try to love like Jesus and try to be as generous as possible. To be a son / daughter of God is an honor and a joy.


     In the Gospel reading, John the Baptist understood his mission well. He was to lead others to the Messiah, to                prepare their hearts for the coming of Jesus. In our lives we are often so busy preparing to get rich, successful orpowerful. We prepare our childrento do the same. Yet Christ wants is to prepare for the coming of his kingdom.


     Christ wants us to work for peace, justice, righteousness and selflessness, values which our world sorely lacks.









Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 


Have a good day!



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