Have you ever been very busy at something—maybe building something with Legos, maybe writing a letter. Then, all of a sudden, your mother or father says, “It’s time for dinner!” or “We have to leave right now!” It’s hard to stop what we’re doing and start something else. But in today’s Gospel reading, we hear about how Christ called His first disciples. These men were very busy, working as fishermen. Then, all of a sudden, Jesus comes to them and says, “Follow me!” It would have been hard to put down what they were doing. But they did! The Bible says, “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.”
SAINT PROKOPIOS: A SAINT FOR CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE
Have you ever been to a wedding service at your church? If you listened very carefully (and you weren’t thinking ahead to the reception), you might have heard the name of a special saint we remember this week! At the very end of the marriage service, we ask for the prayers of Saint Prokopios. Do you know him?
Sadly, Prokopios’s father died when the boy was very young. His father was a Christian, but his mother, Theodosia, worshipped idols. Theodosia brought her son to the Emperor Diocletian, who was very cruel to Christians. Later, when Prokopios wanted to be a Christian, Theodosia even told the emperor on her son! She told the emperor Prokopios worshipped Christ!
We remember Saint Prokopios on Thursday, July 8th (OC: July 21st).