Cosmas and Damian were Arabs born as twins who became surgeons in the Roman province of Syria. They were martyred in 287 AD during the Roman persecution. They were lay men who gave up their lives for Jesus. This is possible only because they see Jesus not as a great teacher, or a prophet, but as Peter professed in the Gospel today: The Messiah of God.
The First Reading says there is a time for everything. For us Christians, it is always a time to worship Jesus Christ but the manner of worship depends on the situation. When we are at mass, we worship with reverence. At Charismatic prayer meetings, we worship with enthusiasm. When we worship before the Blessed Sacrament, we worship in silence. In the midst of our suffering, we worship in surrender.
In the case of Cosmas and Damian, they first worshiped Christ in their work as surgeons. But when the time came, they gave up their lives for him without hesitation.
Cosmas and Damian are venerated since the early Church that their names are included in the Roman Canon used at mass. They are mentioned with the Apostles and the saints of the early Church.
Lord, let me worship you always. Show me how I should glorify you every moment of my life. Sts Cosmas and St Damian, pray that I may have courage to give my life for Jesus.