Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs
Friday, September 20, 2019
Today, in Mercy, we celebrate the feast of the Korean Martyrs. Their astounding faith stood against excruciating suffering but did not waver.
Today’s readings carry a common theme of resources, both material and spiritual, and how we use them.
Paul tells Timothy:
we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it
have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.
Our Psalm tells us that those who are poor in spirit realize that they possess nothing, that all they have is a gift from God. This realization is the source of their blessing.
Luke’s Gospel lists several women who supported Jesus’s ministry out of their resources. They, and no doubt the men depending them, had been touched and changed by Jesus.
Each of our readings reminds us that deepened relationship with God releases in us those God given gifts of our Creation – the gifts of which Paul reminds Timothy:
But you, beloved of God,
… pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called
when you made the noble profession of faith
in the presence of many witnesses.
By the inspiration of the Korean Martyrs, may we hear and respond.
Music: a real foot tapper today – Hear the Call of the Kingdom – Kristyn Getty