Have you ever gotten credit for something great…but that you didn’t really do? “Good job!” somebody might say. Maybe you even get an award or a prize! But it doesn’t make you feel so great, unless you earn that praise yourself. In today’s Gospel reading, we hear about
Saint John. He is called the Forerunner, because he came before our Lord, Jesus Christ. Lots of people started to follow St. John, and he baptized lots and lots of people. They probably thought he was pretty great. But Saint John stopped that praise with these words, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.”
Saint Seraphim: A Peaceful Saint
Saint Seraphim only wanted to grow closer and closer to God. He knew that a good way to do that was by talking to God. So he prayed…a lot! For 25 years, Saint Seraphim lived in the wilderness. He had a little hut in the woods there, and he would spend most of his time praying. Once, he spent 1,000 nights—that’s almost three whole years—on his knees, praying to God. Do you think you can go for even a few minutes? Saint Seraphim reminds us to try to be peaceful and gentle. He said that when we get a peaceful spirit, “thousands around you will be saved.” That means that when we are peaceful, we can make a big huge difference in other people’s lives too!
We celebrate St. Seraphim today, January 2nd (OC: Jan. 15th).