Memorial Of Saint Stephen
You might wonder why after Christmas, after the day where joy, love and peace filled the atmosphere, after the day we made merriment and had fun, the readings just had to talk about persecution & martyrdom. Why? What does today’s readings have to do with Christmas anyways? We may ask ourselves. But a message of Christmas is found in the readings of today. It is called witnessing: witnessing to the Good News, witnessing to the joy of our salvation, witnessing to our Lord Jesus Christ even if it means being persecuted.
The joy Christmas brings is too much to be bottled up within ourselves, it’s too contagious & so much spread like wildfire. Like Saint Stephen, we must tell: “Heavens have opened up for us, Love has come down & dwelt among us, the Son of the Most High made man who stands at the right hand of God has brought us blessings, He has brought us salvation.” For “He who endures to the end will be saved.” So rejoice. Say it loud. Say it proud. Be a witness for Christ. He is with you to the very end.
May we by the power of the Holy Spirit never be afraid to proclaim the Good News Christmas brings and stand up for our faith even in the face of persecution and martyrdom like Saint Stephen the first martyr did. Amen