Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Cecilia, V.M., (22nd November, 2016) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Rev 14:14-19;Ps 95:10-13. (R. v.13);
Saint Cecilia was born in Rome to an extremely rich family and was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. When she told Valerian that she had taken a vow of virginity and had an angel protecting her, he asked to see the angel. Following his baptism as instructed by Cecilia as a condition, he returned and found an angel at her side. The angel crowned Cecilia with a chaplet of rose and lily and when Valerian's brother, Tibertius, heard of the angel and his brother's baptism, he also was baptized and together they were burying the saints murdered by the prefect of the city, Turcius Almachius. They were arrested and executed. Cecilia was also later arrested and condemned. After unsuccessful trial to suffocate her in the baths, she was struck three times on the neck. She bled for three days preaching or praying. Saint Cecilia’s body was found in 1599 to be incorrupt and was transferred to Cecilia's titular church in Trastevere and placed under the high altar. She is the patroness of music and the first of all incorrupt saints.
Topic: A must come.
Jesus said to those speaking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”
Although they sought for signs of the inevitable destruction, they were not offered any because it was not necessary. Jesus informed them that many things will happen and that many will either claim to be He or knows where He is. But in all these, He urged them to be unwavering.
Just like the temple of Jerusalem, the days will come when one stone will not be left upon another in each and every one of us. What will save us is not in the signs but in living out our call as Christians in every circumstance. Saint Cecilia is a good example for all of us. She was steadfast all through; not even death sentence could change her.
Bible Reading: 1Pt 4:1-11.
Thought for today: Be prepared.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to be ever ready for you – Amen.
Saint Cecilia – Pray for us.
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