January 9: St. Julian and St. Basilissa
St. Julian and St. Basilissa were husband and wife. They lived in the early part of the fourth century. Their love for their faith led them to do something heroic: they turned their home into a hospital. This way, they could take care of the sick and the poor who had no one to help them.
St. Julian took care of the men, and St. Basilissa cared for the women. The couple found Jesus in the people they served. And they did what they did because of love, not for money or any kind of reward.
We do not have many details about the day-to-day life of this couple. We do know, however, that St. Basilissa died after suffering great persecutions for the faith. Julian lived much longer. He continued his generous service to sick people even after Basilissa had died. Later, Julian, too, died a martyr.
Basilissa and Julian spent their whole lives helping others and serving God. They planted the seed of faith by living in a holy way. They watered that faith and made it grow with their blood shed for Jesus crucified.
Our relationships with others can help us serve God more fully. Stop for a moment and pray for Godís presence in a relationship that is an important part of your life.