In my mind today, I'm thinking about martyrs, dependence, "the good news," love, and glitter. Yes, glitter! As a teacher, we hid the glitter. We tried very hard to only use it on special projects and sparingly. It stays around forever once you use it. Admit it students, you LOVE glitter.
As I read this morning, I read about martyrs of the French Revolution. These priest were to renounce the "good news" and say Christ was not the savior and King of their lives. On September 2, 1792, 150 laypeople (bishops and priests) for the Catholic Church were interrogated. When they asked the archbishop if he was affiliated with the church and led it. He said, "Yes." They then cut him to pieces. The interrogators then took the laypeople two by two, sound familiar. When asked about the "good news," they all fell on the sword. They died for their salvation.
Could you be a martyr?
Let's talk about love. All works are no good if love is absent. Charity and faith are akin to hope. Charity is giving everything, everything to Christ even to the point of death. When we give charity, we give pieces of Jesus into the world. It's hard to stop it from showing up even centuries later just like glitter. It's an unstoppable mystery.
Today, I don't want you to hide your glitter. I want you to get it out and use it abundantly because every day, moment, and breath is a cause for celebrating the "good news" yes, the "good news" is our glitter. Sprinkle it with abandon!