Thursday, February 5, 2015

Today is the Feast Day of St. Agatha

    Little is known about St Agatha.  She was martyred in 251 during the persecution of Emperor Decius.  She is a virgin-martyr.  Legend tells us that she was arrested, tortured, and sent to a house of prostitution.  Her virginity was preserved and ultimately martyred.
    The martyrs of the early Church should be of great comfort to us.  They knew that being a Christian meant that their life was on the line, yet they loved Jesus and knew that only He could bring them to eternal life.  This life is so short, so why not invest is something that will never be lost?
    The early martyrs knew this.  I have heard it said that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of faith.  Indeed, the confidence in which the early martyrs faced death seemed to inspire others.  Many were converted because of these early martyrs.  They were willing to give their life for Jesus.
    Surely, we live in a country and time that martyrdom is forgotten.  We store up investments in things other than Jesus.  Yes, taking care of the ones that God has given us responsibility for is good, but what do we do for ourselves?  Retirement plans are nice, but the ultimate retirement plan awaits.  Are we investing?

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