Posted by: fvbcdm | January 2, 2014

Feast of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen (2 January 2014)

In the gospel of today’s Mass, we have a rather strange and amusing little conversation between Saint John the Baptist and those representing the religious and political upper-crust of the times. They come to Saint John and say to him, “Who are you?” He doesn’t tell them who he is; he tells them who he is NOT. “I am not the Christ.” Well then, are you Elijah? (Elijah was expected to reappear on earth before Christ came.) He says “I am not.” After some more pushing, they finally get out of him the only self-identification that he will give them: I am the voice of one crying out in the desert.  It really doesn’t matter who he is; what matters is what he says. And he says that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the promised Redeemer and Savior of the world, the one who has been expected for centuries.

You and I are called to be prophets in the world in which we live. It doesn’t matter who we are; what matters is how we live, and what we say, not with our mouths but with our behavior. If we behave in a moral, virtuous, just, loving way, then we give good example. And people will come to inquire in one way or other: why do they live and behave like that? And the answer is that we are trying to put into practice in our lives the gospel of Jesus Christ. And then one day, Our Lord will say of us, You confessed me before men; I now confess you before my heavenly Father. Enter into the joy of your Lord. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.


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