Acts 13:46-49; Psalm 116(117); Luke 10:1-9
St Cyril and St Methodius were brothers, who were sent to Moravia to evangelise. They are noted for the invention of Glagolithic and possibly also the Cyrillic alphabets, and translated the bible and liturgical texts into the Slavonic languages. Like many who evangelise their lives were difficult at times facing much opposition, but they persevered. The first reading today, proclaims "I have made you a light for the nations" and may remind us of the parable of the lantern hidden under a cover, or even under a bed - something of a fire risk as lanterns of the day had naked flames! We are all of us, baptised as prophets, and the task for the church - for us all - is to evangelise. Do not be discouraged should you feel that your particular light is a little dim - the smallest of lights in a dark place is very welcome.
Of course - much will be made this day of St Valentine. He is no longer in the cannon of saints - but the legend of his enabling christians to marry despite oppression can be an inspiration. It is indeed a blessing to give and receive a small token of love on this day. Remember in your prayers the many who for whatever reason have not experienced love today - a particularly good day to perform some random act of kindness (especially if you are able to do so anonymously).