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

Scripture Readings

Are you the Christ? 

No.

Are you Elijah? 

No.

Are you the prophet? 

No.

 

Like John the Baptist, we are none of those. And, like John the Baptist, we know something about the One he anticipates, the One whose birth we just celebrated, the one whose life and teachings will change everything. And so, like John the Baptist, we are called to prepare the way of the Lord. 

 But how are we to do that when we are not God or Jesus or a prophet? We’re just us—just human beings—broken, sinful, and going about our lives?  

 This week in much of the US—from the Midwest to the East to even the deep South—it is bitterly cold. According to the Weather Channel’s forecast for Dayton, Ohio (as of December 31, when I am writing this), the high is expected to reach all of 12 degrees Fahrenheit. The low will be much colder than that. And while it is expected to be sunny, that sun will only shine from 7:59 AM to 5:24 PM. That’s just a mere 8 hours and 23 minutes.  

 In all that cold and all that darkness, it is good to ask ourselves who we are. And while we may not be the Christ or a prophet, we can prepare the way of the Lord by bringing some warmth into the cold and shining some light into all those hours of darkness.

 This week, Jesus’s word to us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked has special meaning. 

 As we brace against the cold, let us remember all those around us who are hungry and much, much colder than us. What can we provide to help them be warm? What can we offer to help them have good food to eat?  

Let us be especially compassionate and generous right now. In the name of our Lord. Amen.

- Sue Trollinger