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Liturgical day: January 21st: Saint Fructuosus, bishop and martyr and deacon’s martyrs Augurius and Eulogius

Gospel text (Jn 17,11b-19): Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed, «Holy Father, keep them in your Name that you have given me (...). I have given them your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world; just as I am not of the world (...)». Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed, «I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world whereas I am going to you. Holy Father, keep them in your Name that you have given me, so that they may be one, just as we are. When I was with them, I kept them safe in your Name, and not one was lost except the one who was already lost, and in this the Scripture was fulfilled.

»But now I am coming to you and I leave these my words in the world that my joy may be complete in them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world; just as I am not of the world. I do not ask you to remove them from the world but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world; consecrate them in the truth —your word is truth. I have sent them into the world as you sent me into the world, and for their sake, I go to the sacrifice by which I am consecrated, so that they too may be consecrated in truth».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, in the Dioceses of Catalonia the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Fructuosus, bishop and martyr and of his deacon’s martyrs Augurius and Eulogius. We are well informed about their martyrdom by the so-called “Passió dels sants màrtirs Fructuós or Fruitós, Auguri i Eulogi” (Passion of the saints martyrs’ Fructuosus or Fruitos, Augurius and Eulogius). They died at the stake a day like today, January 21st, of the year 259, under the emperors Valerian and Gallienus.

- We, Christians, must all bear witness to Christ. Even by giving in our own life if necessary. «Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed»(Jn 12:24).