Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

2 MC 7:1, 20-31, LK 19:11-28

The saints are important; they remind us of our commitment to Jesus and are examples of how to live.  Their prayers help us to be disciples of Jesus.

Today’s first reading continues from Maccabees and is the account of a mother and seven sons, all facing death because they refuse to break the covenant of God.  They chose the mercy of God over the prospect of a long, earthly life. 

Their trust in God’s love is remarkable and an example for us.  Yesterday, Eleazar made his decision to remain faithful and be a reliable example for his fellow Jews.  Today this valiant mother does the same for her sons and helps them remain loyal to God. 

Like the saints, these holy ones give good example, and by their prayers, help us to live authentically in God’s sight.

November reflection

“To die for Christ is not to sacrifice one’s youth, but to renew it.  Jesus Christ returns a hundredfold for all offered him, and add to it eternal life.”
—St Cecilia
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