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A Lenten Journey of Release & Renewal (Day Six)

Day Six

Scripture: Mark 3:13-19

He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, ****and to have authority to cast out demons. ****So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); ****James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.


Judas Iscariot. What a shameful name. One among the twelve apostles handpicked by Jesus himself, now only remembered as the one who betrayed him. It’s ironic that the name Judah means “praised.” Instead of being praised, his name became synonymous with betrayal for trading his rabbi for some silver coins.

My name, Sungrae, means “accomplishment comes.” My grandfather gave this name to me, hoping for my swift success. Whether I am living up to his standards of success remains uncertain. I am sure he meant economic success when he pick the Chinese character “Sung” for my name. Nonetheless, my aspiration is to live a life that will be fondly remembered by my children and the people I serve as a pastor.

My aspiration is to walk humbly with the Lord every day until my final days on earth. My hope and prayer is to be remembered as a disciple of Jesus. Then, I will be Sungrae… my “accomplishment” will finally come.


  1. What is the meaning of your name? Do you have a nickname? How do you think people around you think of your name?

  2. How do you want to be remembered?

Prayer / Reflection:

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