St Lawrence was renowned for his service to God's people. He was full of love for God and charitable towards neighbour, and he remained faithful to his ministry till the end. Angry threats and fierce torture did not deter him. As Christians, we should all imitate Christ, for he said, 'If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me', St Lawrence understood this and acted accordingly. St Peter (1Pet. 5:10-11) assures us that we shall suffer only for a short while, for the God of all grace will confirm, strengthen and support us.
Prayer: Lord, help us to realize that nothing pleasant or painful, will ever be able to separate us from your love. Amen.