Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs
What is the greatest reward for a Christian? It is nothing of this world but much more -- an eternal life in Heaven. We have our whole life to earn it, and some people have a hundred or more years before they leave this world; but some much fewer years. Nevertheless, the Church reminds us all the time about following God’s commandments, loving God and others, keeping a strong faith, being prepared, and avoiding sin. This is a lot to do, and it is difficult to follow. That’s why we worry about how it will be after we die, where would I go, or did I do enough in order to gain eternal life? But there are those some very lucky innocent human beings that don’t need to worry about all of that. These are the innocent children whom God calls early to Heaven. Today on the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents, those holy martyrs, we mourn all the children that left this world way too soon. But at the same time, we are thankful that God saved them from the stain of sin and opened to them a gate to paradise. The most difficult thing for us is to witness the death of a young child. However, our faith reminds us that they already have gained the prize of Heaven. The rest of us still need to work hard.