|Martyrdom of Alban|
"Well that's weird! Why would celebrate somebody getting their head chopped off?"
One of the readings for today is from the first letter of John: "We know love by this, that [Christ] laid down his life for us - and we ought to lay down our lives for one another" (1 John 3:16). This is not some hokey, super-America statement, but rather a radical call for Christians to love their fellow disciples as much as Christ loves them. And this is what we find in Alban; a disciple willing to die for the sake of a fellow Christian.