Tuesday 26 December 2023

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.

Lord, help me to seek to please you

It’s fun to be opinionated when your opinion is the sexy one. Often, holding a popular opinion is no more taxing than placing a frame around your Facebook profile picture or at most an earnest post declaring that you ‘stand’ with somebody or something. St Stephen’s story reminds us that the Way of the Cross is not always popular or glamorous. When we walk this path, we are called to more than just empty platitudes. When we follow Jesus, we risk upsetting and offending people, especially those in power. We are called to live in a way that truly upholds the vulnerable, to the point of making others uncomfortable.

Lord, help me to let go of my people-pleasing ways and seek to please you instead.

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