December 26th: Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr
Gospel text Mt 10:17-22
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues"
Today we have mixed feelings: yesterday we were celebrating the Birth of Jesus and now we remember the death of St Stephen. It looks like it makes no sense. but it is no nonsense! Stephen was the first Christian in completely imitating Christ. He rendered his life as Christ did, praising the Father in Heaven and forgiving those who abused him. The matter of fact is that today we celebrate the triumph of St Stephen (his true birth”).
-Jesus was born to give His life for us. Stephen was the first one to follow Him. Now it is time for us to die a little bit every day through serving God and our neighbours.