Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050117.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, Cyreneans, 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. Then they instigated some men to say, “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, accosted him, seized him, and brought him before the Sanhedrin. They presented false witnesses who testified, “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law. For we have heard him claim that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
People who do not follow the Lord have always make up lies and tried to incite anger and hatred against those who do. We see it happen every day when the news is turned on, a newspaper read, anytime the secular news is reporting on a matter of faith. People do not understand, they do not want to understand, so they make up lies to cover their actions. Who do you believe? The truth or the lies? The Lord or the secular world? Only the truth of the Lord can save you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth sets us free. I pray for the day when all people will come to realize that and follow you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! Alleluia!