NOVEMBER 18, 2018 - "A WITNESS FOR CHRIST"
It has often been said that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the faith.” The infant Christian Church of the first centuries, struggling in an inhospitable and pagan world, was indeed inspired by the acts of martyrdom that occurred at the hands of the Romans. It wasn’t long before the faith began to infiltrate the ranks of the imperial army.
ST. MERCURIOS was a Roman soldier, an office of great courage and skill. His triumphs in battle brought him to the attention of Emperor Decius, who made him a general. But even generals have enemies, those who are envious of their attainments. Mercurios, a secret Christian, had his share of those who watched him carefully for anything that might discredit him.
It was soon noticed that Mercurios did not attend the pagan services to the Roman gods, but that, in fact, he attended Christian worship services. Decius was informed of the breach of Roman law and he promptly confronted the soldier. Without hesitation, Mercurios expressed his faith in God alone and in His Son the Saviour, Jesus Christ. The emperor then issued orders for his death, which occurred about the year 251 in Cappadocia. Many sick people have been healed by the wonder-working relics of this ancient saint.
It can be said that the lives that Christians lead today still bear witness to the commitment of the “warriors” of long ago. Let us go and live our lives, showing people around us the vitality of our faith in the Lord. May our good works continue to be for the glory of our Father in Heaven.