This is the day on which the Infant Christ was formally given the name Jesus.
The Lord said to me: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten thee. — Nocturn
The Imitation of Christ
What a great thing it is to love Jesus.
The infant Savior was not strictly obliged to this painful fulfillment of the law, but He kept always in mind the resolve to show us how to live, and He wished us to know that we should do even more than we would ordinarily be obliged to do when the omission might give bad example.
The whole of a new year is before you. You may make it just what you like. If you are satisfied with mediocrity, there is no use encouraging you to try do better. But if you have any spirit at all, you will roll up your sleeves, grit your teeth and go at work with the mind of a conqueror.
Well begun is half done.