HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST. CECILIA, VIRGIN, MARTYR.
THEME: The harvest is ripe!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
HOMILY FOR NOVEMBER 22.
Rev.14:14-19; Luke 21:5-11
No matter how much money, fame or power we have, a time shall come when God shall rise to judge the earth. On that day, the angel shall raise his sickle and harvest the grapes of the earth, either into the winepress of God’s anger or into heaven’s storehouse. Let’s not be deceived. A time shall come when the beautiful Basilicas and other earth’s treasures shall not matter; a time shall come when only the quality of our lives shall will count. Let’s draw some inspiration from the life of St. Cecilia.
According to tradition, Cecilia was a Roman girl of Patrician family who always prayed, sang and fasted. Although she was betrothed to a pagan Valerian, her firm resolve to remain a Virgin converted Valerian and his brother Tiburtius on her wedding day. Eventually, these two men each received the Martyr’s crown before Cecilia for refusing to offer sacrifices to Jupiter. Cecilia stayed alive for three more days after her executioner’s blade failed to kill her after the three legal blows. In her pain and agony, she gave all her possessions to the poor. Her life is for us, an example.
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead. St Cecilia, Patroness of Musicians, pray for Us.