August 10, 2015
(St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Jn 12:24-26
. . . Another perspective on the life we live in the flesh. It tells us that there is more to come. There is better to come. Death is not something to be feared, hated and avoided. Actually we can’t avoid it. But however it comes to us, if we can twist our minds into being able to welcome it, instead of fearing it, we might even be able to endure the ultimate challenge of getting through it – as Jesus did, and as St. Lawrence did, on a cross or a gridiron.
Praise be to God who gives us that strength!
St. Paul tells us, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2_Cor_9:6-10
On a side note, it was interesting to find St. Lawrence’s involvement in the whole mystery of the Holy Grail . . .
Wikipedia quotes: “In ‘Saint Laurence and the Holy Grail,’ Janice Bennett claims to trace the chalice’s history, carried on Saint Peter‘s journey to Rome, entrusted by Pope Sixtus II to Saint Lawrence in the third century, sent to Huesca in Spain when the Hispanic saint was martyred on a gridiron during the Valerian persecution in Rome in AD 258, sent to the Pyrenees for safekeeping, where it passed from monastery to monastery, in accordance with all the claims to former possession of the Chalice, and venerated by the monks of the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña. Emerging there into the light of history, the monastery’s agate cup was acquired by King Martin I of Aragon in 1399 who kept it at Zaragoza. After his death, King Alfonso V of Aragón brought it to Valencia, where it has remained.”
. . . the wonderful and amazing history of the Lord. But always remember, beloved, it’s not the objects that are to be worshiped, but the Lord Jesus alone! All the rest are just fun reminders of Him for this life in the flesh, until we see Him in Paradise!
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