Today, September 19th, is the Feast Day of St. Januarius.
He was Bishop of Benevento in the late third century. He is a martyr and patron saint of blood banks, volcanic eruptions, and Naples.
St. Januarius is most known for the annual liquification of his blood kept in a sealed glass ampoule in Naples, Italy. According to legend, a woman named Eusebia saved a sample of his blood just after the saint’s death.
Thousands of people gather three times a year to watch the miracle of his dried blood turn to liquid.
What a miracle, right?!
We have an even greater miracle that happens in Mass everyday, and yet so often we take it for granted. During Holy Communion in the appearance of bread and wine our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is really, truly, and substantially present.
Now that’s a miracle!
And He shows up every time wether we can see it or not!
Sure, we can take pilgrimages all over the world to see and experience all that our Faith has to offer, and we should. But let’s not forget what is waiting for us in the Holy Eucharist at every Mass just down the street.
St. Januarius, pray for us!