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.
“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
a candle to Mary: http://www.maryprayforus.org/light-a-candle