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Audience: 6:30 am Mass SBCA Chapel
Song of Solomon 8:6-7; Ps 148; Luke 10:38-42
(Fr Aelred Nilo, OSB)

Did you know that some saints have twin sibling? Noted twins among the saints are:

Saints Gervase and Protase, considered the protomartyrs of Milan having shed their blood for Christ in the year 165. There were also Saints Crispin and Crispinian, martyred together under the Diocletian persecution in 285. Twin Saints Mark and Saint Marcellian, Roman deacons, also suffered martyrdom in the Diocletian persecution. Then we have the twins Saints Cosmas and Damian, they were physicians from Syria who suffered martyrdom under Diocletian in the year 303.

 

Other twin saints who graced the Church in the sixth century were Saints Benedict and Scholastica. Every tenth of February all over the world the Benedictine monks and nuns celebrate the feast of Saint Scholastica, the fraternal twin sister of Saint Benedict, who is the father of western monasticism.

The story goes that one night Benedict and some of his companions went to visit Scholastica at her monastery, as the Rule (their Rule) stated that no women were allowed at Monte Casino (not even the sister of the founder). At these meetings Benedict and Scholastica – with others from their communities present – would discuss holy things and experiences well into the night.

As their conversations were getting very interesting it is also getting late for the night. Scholastica did not want her brother Benedict to leave. After his insistence to depart, she prayed to God, and a violent thunderstorm came up and Benedict with some of his monks were compelled to stay.

Benedict then accused her sister Scholastica (most likely in a brotherly kind of way) of provoking the storm, to which she replied: "I asked a favor of you (to stay a little longer) and you refused it. I asked it of God, and he has granted it."

They spent the night then discussing the joys of heaven. Three days later Scholastica died. While praying in his cell, Benedict is said to have seen her soul rising to heaven in the form of a dove. She was buried in a tomb that Benedict had prepared for himself.

Hugot Pa More reminds us, “HINDI LAHAT NG PANAHON MAKAKAHANAP KA NG TAONG MAGMAMAKAAWA PARA LANG MANATILI KA. KAYA MATUTO KANG MAGPAHALAGA SA TAONG GAGAWIN LAHAT … ‘WAG KA LANG MAWALA SA BUHAY NIYA.”

The story of Saint Scholastica teaches us the lesson of appreciation of the many gifts we have received from God in the person of other human beings. When you take things for granted, that means that you think something is always going to be there. INSTEAD OF JUST TAKING THINGS FOR GRANTED, BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE.

Our gospel reading from Luke shows us that Jesus had three friends who lived in Bethany. He would occasionally stay in their home when he was in Judea. Lazarus, Mary and Martha were brother and sisters. They lived together in the same house, which probably was owned by Martha. At least, Luke records that it was Martha who welcomed the Lord into her house (LUKE 10:38).

When Jesus taught in her home while she busied herself preparing food for her guests. Martha said that her sister had left her alone to do all the serving. But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42).

Saint Benedict in his rule for monks CHAPTER IV “The Tools for Good Work” wrote, “LET THEM PREFER NOTHING WHATEVER TO CHRIST.”

Brothers and sisters, many Christian today have taken for granted their faith particularly their personal relationship with Christ. On this feast of Saint Scholastica, we are reminded to stop taking things for granted. THE THINGS YOU TAKE FOR GRANTED, SOMEONE ELSE IS PRAYING FOR.

Sweet Tagalog Love Quotes “PAHALAGAHAN MO ANG TAONG HINDI SUMUSUKO NA MAHALIN KA, DAHIL SA MUNDO, MAKAKATAGPO KA NG KAMUKHA NIYA PERO HINDI NG KATULAD NG PAGKATAO NIYA!”

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