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January 2, 2018 Tuesday before Epiphany

Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops, Doctors of the Church

In times past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets: in these last days, he has spoken to us through his Son. Alleluia, alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John (2:22-28)

Who is the liar? 
Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ

Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. 
Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,
but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. 
If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,
then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. 
And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.
I write you these things about those who would deceive you. 
As for you,
the anointing that you received from him remains in you,
so that you do not need anyone to teach you. 
But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false; 
just as it taught you, remain in him.

And now, children, remain in him,
so that when he appears we may have confidence
and not be put to shame by him at his coming.

Reflect: And now, children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be put to shame by him at his coming. As we begin a new year, it’s an opportunity for us to take stock in our relationship with Christ and our response to him as disciples. This first letter from Saint John implores us to remain in Christ and not to waiver. We know that Christ teaches us the fullness of truth, yet we can be swayed or distracted by the bombardment of information and noise from the world that constantly vies for our attention. Perhaps, we need to tune out some of that unnecessary distraction and carve out more quiet and silence so that we can remain tuned-in to the Words of Life that Jesus brings to us. Our God made us to be united with him; to love him and to serve him always.  None of us is perfect, but we do have the opportunity to turn to Christ at all times; to make the ways of Christ our priority and to dedicate ourselves to being attentive to him throughout the course of every day. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God (Psalm 98). May we proclaim him and seek him with all of our strength, heart and mind! Time is too precious for us to waste on what is unnecessary.

Questions: When was the last time I set aside undistracted time to talk to God and to thank him for his love and mercy? Do I set aside even a few minutes in my day to acknowledge Christ as my Savior and Lord and to surrender by hopes, dreams and endeavors to him? What will it take for me to begin pausing for a minute or two throughout the day to recognize my need to remain connected with Christ in all things and at all times?

Pray: Loving God, you are the source of all that I am and all that I have. Thank you for your love and mercy. Give me the grace to remain attentive to you rather than being swayed by so many unnecessary distractions that fill my day.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.                                                                              

Saints Basil and Gregory: Pray for us!

Basil the Great made it a priority to feed the hungry, and attend to the destitute and marginalized; he created a hospital for the sick. Pope Benedict XVI recognized him as “truly one of the Fathers of the Church’s social doctrine.” Gregory Nazianzen loved solitude and philosophical reflection. He delivered majestic sermons on the Trinity that earned him the title “the Theologian.” Both saints developed and solidified the Trinitarian formulations of the Church in the face of heresies denying that Christ was God. Without their contributions, the Church’s theological reflection on the Trinity would be unthinkable. Basil died in 379 and Gregory in 390.


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