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St. Basil the Great
St. Gregory Nazianzen

1 John 2:22-28
Psalm 98
John 1:19-28

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"Who are you?" —John 1:19

Throughout this year, we will be continually challenged with the question: "Who are you?" The correct answer is: "I am a part of the body of Christ" (see Rm 12:5; 1 Cor 12:13). Our true identity is based on our relationship with Christ (see Col 2:17).

An even better answer is to state the specific part of the body of Christ which you are. For example, John the Baptizer said he was a voice in Christ's body (Jn 1:23). You may be Christ's feet, hands, ears, or mind. It's ideal to know not only which part of Christ's body you are but also how the Lord primarily works through you. A voice can do several things — teach, sell, threaten, encourage, warn, etc. John knew that the main thing the Lord did through his voice was to cry out: "Make straight the way of the Lord!" (Jn 1:23)

Who are you? Who are you not? Which part of Christ's body are you? What is the primary way the Lord works through you? If, by the Spirit, you can answer these questions, you will know yourself as John the Baptizer knew himself. This will put you in the position to be used mightily by the Lord as John was. If you know who you are in Christ, this can be the greatest year of your life. Commit your life to Jesus and let the Spirit teach you (Jn 14:26).

Prayer:  Father, may I know myself in Jesus and love myself in the Spirit.

Promise:  "He Himself made us a promise and the promise is no less than this: eternal life." —1 Jn 2:25

Praise:  St. Basil, his parents, and several brothers and sisters were such profound members of the Body of Christ that they are all canonized saints.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Job Performance for Jesus, or on audio AV 43-3 or video V-43.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 30, 2007

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