It is 05th February 2016. We celebrate the memorial of St Agatha, the Virgin and the Martyr. St. Agatha prayed, “Lord, my Creator, you have always protected me from the cradle; you have taken me from the love of the world and given me patience to suffer. Receive now my soul.” She is the patron and intercessor for all those who suffer from breast cancer. The readings are from Sirach 47:2-11; and the Gospel from Mark 6:14-29. The first readings praises the glory of David after eight centuries. This is the eulogy or homage on David. No one can replace the diseased especially like this mighty king David. The courage, the strength, the statesmanship, heroic deeds, the prayer life, and humility of David is incomparable with any other person in the entire Bible. “In all that he did he gave thanks to the Holy One, the Most High, proclaiming his glory; he sang praise with all his heart, and he loved his Maker.” (Sir.47:8). We cannot forget some people in our lives even though they died and disappeared physically because of their influence on us significantly. Some of them touched us through their love and some others through their unshakable commitment to God. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Praised be the God who saves me. (Ps.17:47). The Gospel presents the premeditated murder of John the Baptist who stood for his faith in God and in truth. Let us stand for God and truth in small ways. We do not need to go and speak against the leaders. Let us begin to speak the truth in our homes and hearts so as to encounter God in our lives. They can destroy the person who holds the truth; never can they bury the truth. When we live for God and truth, we are remembered time immemorial. May God bless you.

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