The Baptism of the Lord
Saint of the day
Saint Adrian of Canterbury (d.710)
Saint Adrian of Canterbury was born in Africa. He was selected to become archbishop of Canterbury by Pope Saint Vitalian. However, Adrian declined the position, even though it came with prestige and glory. Instead, Adrian agreed to become the assistant and advisor to the new archbishop, Theodore, whom he had suggested. Theodore would one day be canonized as a saint himself. As the new archbishop, Theodore appointed Adrian the abbot of Canterbury. Adrian enjoyed his new position and taught the classical languages and virtue to pupils from all over the British Isles. In fact, many of Adrian's students would go on to become bishops and archbishops. He taught for 40 years before he died. He was buried at the monastery, and when his body was revealed hundreds of years later it was in perfect condition.
Saint Adrian of Canterbury declined to become the archbishop, but instead suggested someone else for the position and agreed to become his assistant and advisor. This must have taken a great deal of humility and an awareness that his talents could be better used to serve in a less prestigious position. Pray that you will accept opportunities to serve others whenever they arise, even if you will not be recognized and praised by others for your actions.
Come, Holy Spirit, and inspire me to live the virtues of justice, kindness, and humility. Help me see opportunities today to live out those virtues. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Christmas
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Reading I: Is 42:1-4, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
Alleluia: Cf. Mk 9:7
Gospel: Mt 3:13-17View complete readings on USCCB.org