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January 21st: St. Agnes, virgin and martyr

Gospel text (Mt 13,44-46): Jesus said to the crowds: «The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden ». Jesus said to the crowds: «The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. The one who finds it buries it again; and so happy is he, that he goes and sells everything he has, in order to buy that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like a trader who is looking for fine pearls. Once he has found a pearl of exceptional quality, he goes away, sells everything he has and buys it».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we remind St Agnes, one of the famous Roman maidens who demonstrated the genuine beauty of faith in Christ and of friendship with him. Her double description as Virgin and Martyr refers to the totality of the holiness. Martyrdom —for St Agnes— meant generously and freely accepting to spend her young life totally and without reserve. Agnes also sealed in martyrdom the other crucial element of her life, virginity for Christ and for the Church.

—Indeed, the conscious, free and mature choice of virginity, testifies to the wish to belong totally to Christ, and paves the way to the total gift of self in martyrdom.

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