Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Today is the feast day of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.

   In the early days of the Church, many were martyred for their faith.  These early Christians were different from everyone else and adhered themselves to a higher moral code.  They were accused of a “hatred for the human race.”  They stood strong and did not recant their belief in Jesus.
   I have heard it said that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of faith.”  Surely, many of the early Christians were martyred.  But their martyrdom was compelling enough that many converted.  Seeing the faith of these Christians astounded the people.
   Every age calls for strong witnesses for Jesus.  The early times of the Church called for many martyrs.  Indeed, many are martyred for their faith in Jesus even today, just not in our country.  But, we can still be strong witnesses for Jesus.  To do so, we must live our lives in accord with Jesus, who is Love.
   “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – [Matthew 22:37:40]

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