February 5, 2010
I Corinthians 1: 26-31
Feast of St. Agatha
For this feast of St. Agatha, the Church has chosen a portion of Paul’s first letter to the Christians at Corinth.
The Apostle to the Gentiles reminds the Corinthians and us that the majority of Christians come from the middle and lower classes to serve as a reminder that all that is good and holy originates with God our Father and with Christianity and the Holy Spirit.
Agatha, the young woman from Sicily, was able to surrender herself to death because, in her modesty and humility, she was certain that Christianity was with her and would assist her in all of her trials.
The Church has placed her name, along with that of Saint Agnes, who’s Feast we celebrate in January, in the Roman Canon. Each time we read them; we are encouraged by their example and assisted by their intercession.
We, too, face suffering and difficulties as part of our human existence. They come to everyone.
May we learn from Saint Agatha, and from all of the holy martyrs, to unite our moral and physical sufferings to the sufferings of Christianity on the Cross.
May we be purified, simplified and sanctified and be willing and ready to live as Christianity wills.