Monday after Epiphany
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Monday after Epiphany

January 4, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Feast:  Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-+1821) Patron Saint of Catholic Education in America

First Letter of Saint John 3:22-4, 6

Psalm 2:7-8, 10-11

Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25


            Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton was born in 1774 into a wealthy distinguished New York Episcopalian family.  In 1794, Elizabeth married and raised five children.  While traveling in Italy she became acquainted with the Catholic faith.  After her husband’s death in 1805 she made a Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church.  Throughout the remainder of her life, Mother Seaton used her wealth to establish her first Catholic school in Baltimore, Md. in 1808; in 1809 she established a religious community in Emmitsburg, Md.  She then founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph to educate the poor and orphans.  She died in Emmitsburg, MD on January 4, 1821 and is considered the patron of Catholic Education in America.


            “When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew to Galilee.”

            You were cousins.  You knew each other from even before you were born.  Your mothers, each in her own way, were given you as special gifts from God.  Your fathers were faithful and God-conscious men, aware of an interior spiritual life and an external world of plans and problems and family duties.  You may have even played together when you were children.  Maybe you even shared your unique, even “quirky” perspectives with each other before you went out on your individual ministries.  Maybe, just maybe you were both communing with each other for years.

            Well, this scenario is enough to make even the bravest of us to stop and ponder and feel.  Jesus, you paused, however briefly, to take it all in; John’s calling, his faithfulness to it, and your own.  You paused to feel, to reflect, to ponder, to discern, and finally to say YES.  In Mark and Matthew’s Gospel you begin your ministry upon John’s arrest.  You take up where John left off. 

            Jesus, you were friends with another John, the one you called the Beloved Disciple, the one who survived you.  The Apostle John was the leader of the early Christian community, the Evangelist and entrusted to take care of your Mother.

            Lord throughout the centuries the world has had its share of prophets false and true.  The true prophet is any voice that has called us to live in trust of the One whom John the Baptist grew up with.  The One whom John the Evangelizer knew both before and after His death.  The one whom Mary mothered and loved with all her heart and soul.

            Lord Jesus, throughout the centuries we, your children, we your brothers and sisters, have been given the responsibility to follow You and live your Holy Word.  We proclaim our faith in You by loving You and serving others.  We live and we die and there is always someone that will take our place. 

Question of the Day:  How will you proclaim Jesus in our midst, yesterday, today and forever?  

Prayer:  “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”


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