Have your parents ever forgotten to pick you up from something? Or maybe they were just a little late? Maybe you started to wonder if they would ever come. In the epistle, Saint Paul writes about how hard it is to be a Christian! He tells how the Christians are hurt, confused, and struck down. In other places, Saint Paul writes how he was beaten up, he was shipwrecked, people even threw stones at him and put him in prison, he was hungry and hurt. Things weren’t easy for Saint Paul as he preached about our Lord, Jesus Christ!
Saint Paul tells us today, “we are persecuted, but not forsaken.” People hurt the apostles, and lots of times, it was just because they were Christians! But still, the were “not forsaken.” Saint Paul knew that God hadn’t forsaken them. God hadn’t forgotten about them!
THE UNKNOWN SAINT: SAINT EVDOKIMOS OF VATOPEDI
If you have ever been to Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC, or even to Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, you probably saw the memorial tomb for the unknown soldier. A soldier is buried there, and we don’t even know who it is! We remember him anyway because of his love for his country. In our holy Orthodox Church, we have many saints. We know lots of their names and their stories, too. But some of them, we don’t know anything about. There are hundreds and even thousands of saints we haven’t even heard of! God knows about them though, and that’s the most important thing, because God is rewarding them in heaven!