Uncle Eddy's E-mail -- April 6
The Persian Martyrs (entered heaven in 345)
With spring in the air and summer
around the corner, you are probably getting antsy. We humans are part of this biosphere, and
our bodies and emotions really do react to the change of weather and seasons, sometimes violently
– just like the trees and flowers that burst out of their winter slumber with new buds.
You know from past years that it’s a time when you find it difficult to keep your good
resolutions and stick to your priorities. It is the season when the world renews its worship
of the “fun god”; but you, my dear niece, should take a lesson from today’s
saints: have plenty of healthy fun, but prefer to suffer death itself before you let the “fun
god” draw you into temptation. The martyrs we commemorate today (we don’t know any
of their names, but about 100 of them were decapitated in Seleucia, near modern-day Turkey) refused
to worship the Persian sun god. The king, who believed his power depended on appeasing this
god, left them in dark, damp, filthy, smelly dungeons for six months to see if they would change
their minds. (That “semester” was probably not too fun.) But they stuck to
their guns, and emerged just as resolute in their proclamation that Christ alone was God as they had
been when they went in. And they lost their heads for it. So ask them to say a little
prayer for you as you go into spring exams, so that you don’t lose your head over something
much less worthy than martyrdom.
Much love, Uncle Eddy.
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