Friday of 2nd Week of Advent A--Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

How to Prepare to Meet the Lord?

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr, who was consecrated her virginity to Christ and suffered martyrdom for the healing of her mother who suffered from an issue of blood. Story told that her mom suffered from an issue of blood that human help failed. Lucy reminded her mother that a woman in the Gospel had been healed of the same disorder. “Saint Agatha,” she said, “stands ever in the sight of him for whom she died. Only touch her sepulcher with faith, and you will be healed.” They spent the night praying by the tomb, until, overcome by weariness, both fell asleep. Saint Agatha appeared in vision to Saint Lucy, and calling her sister, foretold her mother’s recovery and her own martyrdom. That instant the cure was affected; and in her gratitude the mother allowed her daughter to distribute her wealth among the poor, and consecrate her virginity to Christ. A young man to whom she had been promised in marriage accused her as a Christian to the heathen; but our Lord, by a special miracle, saved from outrage this virgin whom he had chosen for his own. The fire kindled around her did her no hurt. Then the sword was plunged into her heart, and the promise made at the tomb of Saint Agatha was fulfilled.

Saint Lucy really allowed the Word of God took root in her heart, mind and soul to have courage and strength to encourage her mother to pray for her healing of the blood issue. Her mother was healed, and she kept her promise that she suffered martyrdom. Lucy was like a wise virgins prepared to meet the bridegroom that she brought extra oil with her. What is it extra oil for Saint Lucy if it’s not the Word of God and her deep faith in the Lord?

How are your faith and my faith? Have you and I allowed the Word of God take rooted in our beings? Allow the Word of God to take root into our beings and have a deep faith in the Lord, is it enough? Perhaps, we are invited to have courage and strength to live that faith and the Word of God. Have you and I had courage and strength to live out that Word of God and our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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