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God bless you. Today we celebrate Saint Agatha Virgin and Martyr. It is one of the very few Saturdays in the year we do not celebrate the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

The Mass and Laud Gospel is from Saint Luke 9: 23-26, The Son of Man is Destined To Suffer Grievously. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it: but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it.

The scriptural reading in Vigil and Laud is from Saint Paul, 2 Thessalonians 3: 1-18, Exhortation and Considerations. Saint Paul ask for prayers for his works, and encourages people to stay away from brothers who refuse to work and live according to the traditions that he and Saint Timothy have passed on to them.

The spiritual reading in vigil and laud is from a homily on Saint Agatha by Saint Bishop Methods of Sicily, The Gift of God, the Sources of All Goodness. Saint Agatha is renown in the early Church for her noble victory: she is well known now as well, for she continues to triumph through her divine miracles, which occur daily and continue to bring glory. She is indeed a virgin, for she was born of the divine Word, God's only Son, who also experienced death for our sake. her robe is the mark of her faithful witness to Christ. It bares the indelible marks of his crimson blood and the shining threads of her eloquence. Agatha means good, and Saint Agatha was truly good, for she lived as a child of God. Saint Agatha teaches all men by her example to hasten with her to the true Good. God alone.

There is an additional spiritual reading for today from the Second Vatican Council's pastoral constitution "Gaudier Et Spes" on the Church in the modern world, Human Activity.

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