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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 26, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Yesterday we celebrated the love of God through Jesus Christ coming down from heaven to live among us. Today we celebrate the love of the first soldier of Christ, St Stephen who lays down His life for the Lord His God and for us; he is then received into heaven.

Yes Jesus has opened heaven for us and we can climb up the stairway of love only through and in His love. And one of the greatest obstacle we will face which prevents us from entering into eternal life is unforgiveness!

Let us be filled with Holy spirit and lead inspired lives worthy of the promises of Christ. So that one day when our life comes to an end we can pray with all the Saints before us, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’Amen

First reading
Acts 6:8-10,7:54-59

Stephen was filled with grace and power and began to work miracles and great signs among the people. But then certain people came forward to debate with Stephen, some from Cyrene and Alexandria who were members of the synagogue called the Synagogue of Freedmen, and others from Cilicia and Asia. They found they could not get the better of him because of his wisdom, and because it was the Spirit that prompted what he said. They were infuriated when they heard this, and ground their teeth at him.
But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘I can see heaven thrown open’ he said ‘and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ At this all the members of the council shouted out and stopped their ears with their hands; then they all rushed at him, sent him out of the city and stoned him. The witnesses put down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul. As they were stoning him, Stephen said in invocation, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’

Matthew 10:17-22

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Beware of men: they will hand you over to sanhedrins and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the pagans. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how to speak or what to say; what you are to say will be given to you when the time comes; because it is not you who will be speaking; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you.
‘Brother will betray brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name; but the man who stands firm to the end will be saved.’