Tuesday 16 April 2024

About Today Readings

Acts 7:51 – 8:1. Into your hands, O Lord, I entrust my spirit – Psalm 30(31):3-4, 6-8, 17, 21. John 6:30-35.

Lord, do not hold this sin against them

The first reading consists of the final verses of Stephen’s appearance before the Sanhedrin. The whole speech is one of the longest and most significant speeches in the New Testament. As he traces the history of Israel from Abraham to Solomon, Stephen becomes among the first followers of Christ to unite the Old Testament with Jesus and the New Testament. He angers his hearers by calling them stiff-necked and saying they had not obeyed the law. Acting on this anger, Stephen is dragged into the street and stoned to death, becoming the first Christian martyr. But throughout, Stephen prays ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them’, and ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’. Today, pray that your persecutors be forgiven, and that you will be forgiven for the sins you have committed against others.

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