Myrrhbearer

                            

I am a Myrrhbearer.

When I sing in church, I am a myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ. 

When I clean the church, I am myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ. 

When I place the flowers in the Sanctuary, I am a myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ.  

When I cut the grass in the Church yard or tend the flower garden, I am a myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ. 

When I care for the analoi coverings, I am myrrh-bearers because I serve the Body of Christ. 

When I bake prosphora, I am a myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ. 

When I prepare food for trapeza or wash up afterwards, I am a myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ. 

When I serve in the altar, I am a myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ. 

When I pray for the salvation of someone, I am a myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ.

When I give of my treasure for the welfare of the Church, I am a myrrh-bearer because I serve the Body of Christ.

All those who serve the Body of Christ, the Church, in this world are myrrh-bearers because by their service, they serve Christ himself.              

Is it easy to be a myrrh-bearer? It wasn’t easy for the first ones who came to the tomb. They were uncertain because before them stood an unmovable stone, a great obstacle indeed.  There are always big obstacles for myrrh-bearers. After all, time spent serving the Body of Christ is time not spent on the priorities or joys of my own life. Treasure spent on the Body of Christ is treasure not spent on my own commitments and pleasures. Time spent in prayer could be time spent reading a good book or watching a good movie.

Therefore, the biggest stone in my way is my self, who like my Ancestral Parents, loves pleasure more than God. Who can roll away such an obstacle?  Only the Risen Lord can do such a thing. When I am crucified with Him, I will also be resurrected into the new life that only He is able to give. Like Lazarus, it is at the Lord’s command that the stone is rolled away.  What is my part? It is to bring myself and my desire to serve His Body.  

Despite the obstacles, there is a reward for all myrrh-bearers. They are the first to see Him,  the first to know the truth, the first to hear that Christ is risen and the first to share the Good News. An open tomb, the glory of the resurrection, and a chance to meet the Gardener – it’s not a bad wage for serving the Body.  If you need more proof, check with St. Euphrosynus, the Cook!

In fact, when I think of it, I should wash those trapeza dishes with a bit more joy! After all, it is the Body of Christ that I serve.

 

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