"Something for today" – Br. Mark Brown

Br. Mark Brown

Today we remember Vincent of Saragossa, who died under torture in the year 304.  His offense was having given outspoken witness to the Christian faith before a Roman tribunal.

It’s good to remember the witness of the martyrs–the memory of their deeds inspires us. But there is also a danger.  There’s a danger of forgetting about what we can call ordinary, day by day martyrdom.

The word martyr has come to refer to someone who gives up their life in witness to the faith.  But martyr is an ordinary Greek word that means witness, any kind of witness.  And we all give witness.  To something.  Because we human beings are profoundly social creatures, we give witness every moment of the day.  To something. All that we say, all that we do.  All we don’t say, all we fail to do—every bit of it gives witness.  To something.

What’s the something?  What’s the something for today?  To what shall we give witness today?  What shall it be?  It will be something—we will give witness today.  To what shall it be?

Support SSJE

Please support the Brothers work.
The brothers of SSJE rely on the inspired kindness of friends to sustain our life and our work. We are grateful for the prayers and support provided to us.

Click here to Donate


  1. Mark Bennett Larson on April 25, 2013 at 06:45

    Brother Mark B I hope you are well!

    Thank you for the Greek translation of Martyr. The Greek definition is much more applicable to my daily observations and experiences with Christ.

    See you in Jerusalem!

    Your Brother in Faith,
    Mark L

  2. sandy tieman on April 24, 2013 at 10:21

    This short sermon has given me a much larger outlook on my personal life as a martyr, not thinking about could I die for Christ ? But how am I a martyr in every day living for Christ ! Thankyou and God Bless you

  3. Helen Trimbley on April 24, 2013 at 09:52

    WOW. very encouraging & convicting. Thank you.

Leave a Comment