Has anybody ever told you a secret? “Don’t tell anybody else,” you might have heard. But maybe the story was just too hard to keep a secret, and you told somebody else. A surprise party. A present. A fun trip coming up. Secrets are hard
Jesus did so many miracles when He was living here on earth. In the Bible, we read a few stories of when Jesus healed blind people. In today’s story, two blind men followed Christ and called to Him, “Have mercy on us!” When Christ touched their eyes, they both could see again.
After that, Jesus told the men, “See that no one knows it.” He wanted these men to keep the miracle a secret. Maybe He didn’t want to have lots of people following Him around yet. But how could they keep it a secret? Imagine. They were blind, and now they could see! They went around and told everybody what happened. Lots of people found out about Jesus Christ just from these two men.
SAINT TRIANTAPHYLLOS: A BRAVE YOUNG MAN
Have you ever had to be very brave about something? Maybe getting a shot, or even just a splinter out? Staying home alone? Going to school for the first time? Today we celebrate the memory of a saint who was very brave about his Christian faith, braver than any of us have ever been!
Most of us live in places where we are free to be Orthodox Christians. We can go to church, and we can tell people we believe in our Lord, Jesus Christ! But young Triantaphyllos was born near the city of Volos in northern Greece, at a time when Orthodox Christians were not free to keep their faith. That’s because the Ottoman Turks wanted them to
join the Muslim faith instead.