Giving Up One's Life
Luke 8:1-3 Sts: Andrew Kim Tae-gon and Paul Chong Ha-sang
"If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23
Today we honor two men who gave their lives for the Gospel, and I think of all the unknown men and women and children who give their lives for the Gospel. The women in our texts are celebrated as "myrrhbearers--a name in part that honors them as witnesses of the resurrection. Myrrh is an essential element in preparing the body for burial. Their generosity was a gift of the sign of their love for the Crucified Lord. They became missionaries in their own right. They expressed their love in acts of love and kindness. Last night we conducted Michael's memorial service, some 30 people came and hung out in Hemlock Alley, where we celebrated a service of Memorial and Eucharist. All broken, all poor, yet they showed love to Mike's family. In our own way we are as broken as they are, and because of that we stand with them. To be a "myrthh bearer", you have to be open to your own brokenness. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!