The first reading is about the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the first martyr of the early Church. Stephen boldly admonishes the Pharisees and then has a vision of God. The Pharisees are so angry that they stone him to fatality. What is remarkable in this reading is that Stephen forgives his murderers and then” comes sleeping .”
What a holy fatality! What firmnes, perseverance and such big-hearted compassion for one’s antagonists! This is Christian witnessing at its highest! Do you have the sentence, heroism and desire of St. Stephen? Even one percent of it should be enough for us. How much faith do we have in Jesus? Are we willing to suffer for him? Or even to die for him? By reading this aisle of the New Testament, we should be moved to love Jesus a bit more, much more than normal. We should expect God for faith, the faith that can move mountains, and enjoy for our foes. These excellences we are called to possess if we want to be authentic Christians. If we pray hard enough for them, God might award them to us.
We will need to eat the dough of man in the Eucharist to gain more spiritual concentration to carry our everyday bridges. We will need to read and to reflect on the Scriptures every day. We should weary all opportunities to do good to others, extremely the poorest of the poor and the needy. But without a deep and serious relationship with God and his Son Jesus, our sect will falter. Therefore, we must ask for the talent of prayer. Who says a Christian’s life is easy? Obviously it is not, but it is surely worth living because it means that we are always in touch with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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