Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
Readings for the Day:
1Maccabees 4: 36-37
1Chronicles 29: 10-12
Luke 19: 45-48
A woman once shared that anytime she pass by a catholic church, she give a profound bow to it, not for the ornamental work of the building, no, not for the beautiful works of art, no, but rather, she reverence he who dwells in it. The House of the Lord is not just another work of arts, or a museum, or a theater, or a market, or a park(all these are good places of recreation but improper for the true worship of God) where we can come together to gist during worship, make noise, dance improperly, Sell goods improper to its nature, or any other thing improper to God our Lord. The House of God is a place of Prayer. Many lost sight of it during the jewish times because of greed,avarice and lack of reverence, Many are still losing sight of what a place of worship ought to be.
Jesus did not hesitate in telling his people what a place of worship should be like, driving them out and teaching them. I’m quite sure that must have been one of his sermons when he was preaching in the temple, reorientating them to see God’s place for what it is rather than what it is not. In speaking the truth, he was hated for it. People don’t want to hear the truth most times, but the truth cannot fail to stop being what it is. People of truth anyways, recognize it and cling to it, for to see truth is to see wisdom and to see wisdom is to see God.
Similarly, our body ought to be a place of prayer for it is the dwelling place of God’s spirit. We shouldn’t desecrate it with all sort of thing improper to it like fornication, abortion, etc. When we denigrate our body by allowing our enemy to prevail over us, we turn our back to God. let us not hesitate then to come back to God asking for forgiveness, so that we may be rededicated to him in order for our lives to render proper sacrifice of praise and worship to his Name. Saint cecilia in whom memorial we honor is a living testimony of how to make our body a place of prayer. She refused to conform to the pagan practice of the day by staying a virgin till death. Virgins who are often seen as not living the “life” in our time, She lived the true life in God. She is also depicted as a heart that sings praise to God, that’s why she is the patron of musicians. With her example, May we continually look to her as a model of chastity, love and praise leading us to fully serve christ.
May God grant us the grace to render proper worship befitting to him in his holy temple and may we use our body according to what he has made it for, we ask this through christ our Lord(Amen).
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