I think at times we believe that our current age is the most difficult in history and that young people and adults of the past had it easier when it came to living the faith. However, it is clear in today’s memorial to Saint Agatha that this is not always true. Agatha was put through immense pain, but still remained faithful to the Lord.
We hear two stories from today’s gospel; either of which would have been a dramatic example of why we turn to Jesus when we are seeking answers and healing. However, in the combination of these stories, we see the scope of human trials from childhood to adulthood. It was only by seeking God’s help did each of them find what they sought.
We pray for the healing and strength we need to persevere in our faith.
About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!