The Lord Is My Chef Christmas Recipe by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of Sts. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops/Doctors of the Church 02 January 2022 1 John 2:22-28 ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*> John 1:19-28
What a great Monday morning in this new year of 2023, God our loving Father! Thank you for your words that invite us to examine our true selves, of who we are, and what are we?
This is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?” He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he said “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”John 1:19-21
Many times we are at a loss for answers for these basic questions we refuse to face and answer, always evading because deep inside we are lost; empty our hearts of our pride and sin to let your Son Jesus Christ come within; may we let him dwell in our hearts and fill us with his humility, justice, and love.
Like John, may we be firm in telling and showing everyone who we are; let us not be liars who deny Jesus is the Christ not only in words but most especially in deeds; many times, we just remain silent amid all the evil and indecencies that abound us these days especially in social media.
Like the two great friends Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen who were both Bishops and Doctors of the Church, they never buckled down in their faith defending and fighting the truth of Jesus Christ; help us cultivate such kind of friendships and relationships that flourish in great faith and love of Jesus. Amen.