Wednesday 26 December 2018

About Today Readings

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

‘Stephen was filled with grace and power.’

The Book of Acts tells us that Stephen was ‘full of the Holy Spirit and boldly spoke out’. His message was met with hostility, but he ‘saw the glory of God’. When he was being stoned, he had the fortitude to pray, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’, and then, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them’. We see here a parallel story with Jesus’ own life. In his Transfiguration, he saw God the Father in a personal encounter. On the cross, he prayed, ‘Father, forgive them. They know not what they do’, and then he entrusted himself into his Father’s hands.

May we receive Stephen’s gift of being ‘full of the Spirit’, giving ourselves completely to God.

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