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January 2, 2020

St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory Nazianzen

Who do you say that I am? Peter answers: You are the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus is the name of the human being who is the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of God. This is our faith. It is found in the gospels, the “good news” that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And the Son is the son of Mary, the virgin of Nazareth, wife of Joseph the carpenter. This is what we believe.

Christ is the Son of God who became flesh, like us. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, suffered under Pontius Pilate and died on a cross to save us and give us salvation by the forgiveness of the sins of everyone who is born of Adam and Eve.

St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas expressed our best human expression of the great mystery of the Incarnation—the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, the celebration and sacrament that we know as the Eucharist, the thanksgiving that we offer through Jesus Christ, and receive as our bread of life.

St. Peter Julian Eymard wrote a letter to Mrs. Camille Chanuet on August 21, 1867 and asked Fr. Michel Chanuet to bring it to his mother, Sr. Camille Chanuet, SSS. St. Eymard sent her a message of self-abandon to the love of Jesus: You are his servant; you have given him everything. He has accepted you in his service and has even crucified you with him. How would you not rest in his arms like a beloved child! You will go to heaven, good Sr. Camille. She died on August 23, 1867 (Counsels of Spiritual Life p. 166-167).

Let Us Pray:

O Eternal Being, Master, Lord, God, Father almighty and adorable,
it is truly proper and just and befitting the magnificence of your holiness
to praise you, to sing to you, to bless you, to worship you,
to thank you, to glorify you, the only true God,
and to offer you this, our spiritual worship with contrite heart and humble spirit;
for you have granted us the knowledge of your truth. (Anaphora of St Basil)

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.