Monday 26 December 2022

About Today Readings

St Stephen

Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59. Into your hands, O Lord, I entrust my spirit – Psalm 30(31):3-4, 6, 8, 16-17. Matthew 10:17-22.

Trust in the Lord

Today is the feast day of St Stephen. In the first reading, we hear of this early apostle’s martyrdom. Today’s Gospel speaks to us about the persecution that may come from following Christ.

In Australia today, we are not likely to be put to death for our Christian beliefs, but we may sometimes be crucified in the court of public opinion. At times like this, we are reminded that Gospel truth and conventional wisdom are not the same thing. The Word of God brings clarity and light, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be uncomfortable and counter-cultural. Following Christ doesn’t always mean going with the flow. We are meant to serve one another, but that sometimes means challenging others, and questioning the status quo.

‘As for me, I trust in the Lord.’ I pray that I can be more like the psalmist, to let go of my need for total control, for slavish people-pleasing and to put my trust in the way of the cross.

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