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January 02, 2021

Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

Jn 1: 19-28

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 

He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Small lights along the path

“Make straight the way of the Lord...”

We are barely two days into the New Year 2021, and it is still the Christmas season.  Though the calendar indicates a fresh start, and we celebrate the Light of the world, I find that I am maintaining some space for the impact of last year. I often felt overwhelmed by all that was the year 2020, while also being humbled and amazed by the work for justice, kindness, generosity and heroism that prevailed.  When I consider the cry to make straight the way of the Lord, I hold the tension between the lights and shadows as I greet this day and the new year. 

Throughout the autobiography he dictated toward the end of his life, St. Ignatius consistently referred to himself as “the pilgrim”, a man who got to most places by walking--putting one foot in front of the other--trusting in the Spirit’s guidance. He knew who he was, and he also knew who he was not.  It is held that he did not complain about the darkness of the times in which he lived, rather he lit small lights everywhere he went.  He wasn’t oblivious to the sufferings of others, all indications are that he felt them deeply, but he would not allow them to hold sway in his actions. He brought God’s compassion and light.  Today I think we might say he sought to be part of the solution. 

How will I hold space and trust in the One who lights the way, so that I too may light small lights along the path, to be part of the solution? 

Ann Holmquist is the Vice President for Mission at Loyola High School of Los Angeles.

 

Prayer

Today I pray first in gratitude for the gift of this day and I ask for the grace to be a lighter of small lights along the way.
Open my heart that it will recognize your glimmerings.
Open my eyes that I will see you in all things.
Open my hands that I, too, will light small lights along the way.
Christ, be my light!  Amen

—Ann Holmquist


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January 02, 2021

Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

Jn 1: 19-28

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 

He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Small lights along the path

“Make straight the way of the Lord...”

We are barely two days into the New Year 2021, and it is still the Christmas season.  Though the calendar indicates a fresh start, and we celebrate the Light of the world, I find that I am maintaining some space for the impact of last year. I often felt overwhelmed by all that was the year 2020, while also being humbled and amazed by the work for justice, kindness, generosity and heroism that prevailed.  When I consider the cry to make straight the way of the Lord, I hold the tension between the lights and shadows as I greet this day and the new year. 

Throughout the autobiography he dictated toward the end of his life, St. Ignatius consistently referred to himself as “the pilgrim”, a man who got to most places by walking--putting one foot in front of the other--trusting in the Spirit’s guidance. He knew who he was, and he also knew who he was not.  It is held that he did not complain about the darkness of the times in which he lived, rather he lit small lights everywhere he went.  He wasn’t oblivious to the sufferings of others, all indications are that he felt them deeply, but he would not allow them to hold sway in his actions. He brought God’s compassion and light.  Today I think we might say he sought to be part of the solution. 

How will I hold space and trust in the One who lights the way, so that I too may light small lights along the path, to be part of the solution? 

Ann Holmquist is the Vice President for Mission at Loyola High School of Los Angeles.

 

Prayer

Today I pray first in gratitude for the gift of this day and I ask for the grace to be a lighter of small lights along the way.
Open my heart that it will recognize your glimmerings.
Open my eyes that I will see you in all things.
Open my hands that I, too, will light small lights along the way.
Christ, be my light!  Amen

—Ann Holmquist


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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