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Monday, February 5, 2024

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St. Agatha

1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
Psalm 132:6-10
Mark 6:53-56

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baptism is the greatest

“I have truly built You a princely house, a dwelling where You may abide forever.” —1 Kings 8:13

When the Temple was dedicated to the Lord, “King Solomon and the entire community of Israel present for the occasion sacrificed before the ark sheep and oxen too many to number or count. The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place” (1 Kgs 8:5-6). “When the priests left the holy place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord” (1 Kgs 8:10).

When we were dedicated to the Lord in Baptism, we received a new nature, were adopted as sons and daughters of God, and became temples in which the Holy Trinity dwells. This was made possible by the inexpressible sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. From the time of our Baptisms, the Holy Spirit, like a cloud, rests on us (see 1 Pt 4:14).

The dedication of Solomon’s Temple was one of the great events in history. However, Jesus is greater than Solomon (Lk 11:31), and we who have been baptized into Him are also greater than Solomon (Mt 11:11). We have been baptized into Jesus’ death and Resurrection, the Paschal mystery, the greatest event in the history of the human race.

Pope St. John Paul II taught that the purpose of our lives is to come “to a knowledge of the radical newness of the Christian life that comes from Baptism” and to “live the immense, extraordinary richness and responsibility received at Baptism” (Lay Members of Christ’s Faithful People, 10, 61). Renew your baptismal promises and live your Baptism to the full.

Prayer:  Father, lead me to celebrate my baptismal anniversary with exultant joy.

Promise:  “All who touched Him got well.” —Mk 6:56

Praise:  When led out to her martyrdom, St. Agatha was said to have worn “the glow of a pure conscience and the crimson of the Lamb’s blood for her cosmetics.”


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