January 2, 2021 

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

Saint of the day

Saint Basil the Great (329-379)

Saint Basil the Great was born to a noble family. He was on the path to becoming a famous teacher when he realized that his pride in his accomplishments might surpass his devoutness. After this realization, he sold all that he had, gave the money to the poor, and entered religious life. Basil established one of the first monasteries in Asia Minor, and his values and ideology greatly influenced Eastern monasticism. He fought tirelessly against the Arian heresy, which proclaimed that Jesus was neither divine nor eternal. In his fight to defend the true faith, he faced many obstacles, including being called a heretic himself. Frustrated by the lack of support he was receiving, even from the pope, Basil wrote, "For my sins I seem to be unsuccessful in everything." Basil was also diligent in the care that he gave to his congregation, founded a hospital, and fought against the immorality of prostitution. Saint Basil the Great is the patron saint of hospital administrators, reformers, and Russia.


Saint Basil the Great gave away all that he had and entered religious life when he realized that his pride might surpass his devoutness. Would you be willing to give up praise, money, or fame if it got in the way of your spiritual life? Ask the Lord to make you a true Christian leader, and to live a life that reflects your values and beliefs.


Dear Jesus, help me to exercise true Christian leadership. Assist me in making my life one that reflects your values and inspires others to follow you. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 205

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

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Daily readings

Reading I: 1 Jn 2:22-28

Responsorial Psalm: 98:1, 2-3Ab, 3Cd-4

Alleluia: Heb 1:1-2

Gospel: Jn 1:19-28

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