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 February 14, 2023 

Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop

Saint of the day

Saint Valentine (d.269)

Saint Valentine was a priest in Rome. He helped prisoners who were awaiting martyrdom during the persecution under Claudius II. During his ministry, he was seized and ordered to deny his faith in Christ. Valentine refused, and was sentenced to be beaten and beheaded on February 14th. It seems rather strange that a martyr would be so well known on a day devoted to love. It is fitting, though, that a man who loved and cherished Christ and his faith enough to die for them is entwined with a day dedicated to love and devotion. Saint Valentine is the patron saint of engaged couples, happy marriages, and love.

Reflection

"We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19). We celebrate loving and being loved on this special day. Of course, most of us find it easier to love someone who loves us first, and that’s what this verse is about. God loves us first and always; we only need to respond to that love. Imagine God sending you a valentine today. What would it say inside? (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Prayer

God who is love, on this day of celebrating love, I want to remind you that I love you. Even when I sometimes walk away or seem disinterested, please know that you have a special place in my heart. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 336

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

Color of decorations and priest's vestments:

Daily readings

Reading 1: Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 29:1A And 2, 3Ac-4, 3B And 9C-10

Alleluia: Jn 14:23

Gospel: Mk 8:14-21

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