May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Stephen 2

Learn more about St. Stephen: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=137

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122615.cfm

Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. 

When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.

They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Stephen had the faith and the conviction to speak the truth. They knew it was the truth but did not want to hear it. Do you hear the truth and listen or do you try and shut it out? Have the courage of Stephen, listen and speak the truth. The life of your soul depends on your answer. Be like Stephen and see Jesus.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the example of St. Stephen. May he always come to my mind when I waiver and wonder what is the truth. In Jesus’ holy name I ask for this grace, Amen. 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

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