December 26, 2020
St. Stephen
Acts of Love
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Acts 7:59

The life of St. Stephen is given to us as a true model of Jesus. They both died forgiving those who killed them. True Christian martyrdom is an act of love. If we completely spend ourselves for the faith, but do so with bitterness and hatred, is it really a Christian act?

Whether we find ourselves sweeping the streets or preaching in missionary lands, it is the love inspiring the act that makes it fully Christian. God is love. We, too, must become love.

Today, search your heart and see if there is any bitterness or harsh judgment therein. Offer it up to Jesus for him to cleanse it. Then, make every act of this day an act of love.

- Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 • Psalm 31:3-4, 6, 8, 16-17 • Matthew 10:17-22

Comments

December 26, 2020 at 06:26 PM

What a Joy it was to meet everyone on Zoom on Wednesday. So nice to learn a little about each of you, and put a face to the names. Sorry that I had to leave early. Thank you Salina & Tim for organizing and keeping it moving. So nice to pray together. May God continue to bless our Living Faith Family!

December 26, 2020 at 04:27 PM

How did it get started ending in stoning Stephen?1) Acts 6:11-12, "Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin." Why? 2) Acts 6:14, "For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.” How did Stephen respond? He gave them a history lesson and said in 3) Acts 7:52, "You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!" ***It all started when they resisted the Holy Spirit!!! How am I resisting the Holy Spirit these days? I don't like changes? I don't like others criticizing me? I don't like bad news? Lord Jesus, let my heart and my ears be opened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit! Amen! ***Matt and I drove 5.5 hours this morning to SC. We are sitting in a tree stand box waiting for the deer to show up...

December 26, 2020 at 02:28 PM

Amen.

December 26, 2020 at 02:21 PM

Everyone must be exhausted from the Christmas chaos! Just a short list of people today. And Happy Boxing day to you all Tim, Sham Peter , Sandy & Kevyn Mary. Today we hear about the 1st Martyr St. Stephen. May we be as bold as him to forgive those who harm us with their words and deeds.

December 26, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Happy Boxing Day to you Sham Peter. Today’s story about St. Stephen speaks about forgiveness. Both ST. Stephen’s and God’s forgiveness. St. Stephen forgave, like Christ did at the cross. He reach out to God and asked for his accusers and killers to be forgiven, for they do not understand. Christ as we know did the same, while on the cross. The second part of forgiveness of this story is directed at Saul, soon to be St. Paul. He was present at the killing of Stephen, and God later would forgive his sinfulness. Do we forgive, or do we resent the fact of forgiveness. I can speak of personal experience, that another person had harmed me, maybe not physically, but maybe emotionally. Do I forgive. I think we all need to step back and reflect today, on how easily do we forgive others like this great example of St. Stephen. he was only doing God’s work, using all of his God given abilities to their fullest, as God wanted. He faced the ultimate sacrifice, his life for God. St. Paul was given forgiveness by God, for which he spent the rest of his life in total commitment to God and his church. Forgiveness, small and large, are to be a part of our Love for one another and our Love for God. Prayers for those who have no one to pray for them, prayers for our growing Living Faith Family, blessed be to God and for all of the souls in Purgatory, that they may be reunited back in the loving arms of Christ. Amen

December 26, 2020 at 09:57 AM

Lord, take any bitterness and harsh judgment out of my heart so that every act from me will be an act of love! Thank you Msgr. Stephen! A beautiful day and continued prayers for all LF family. Merry Christmas. Sandy

Sham Peter Narine Respond to comment
December 26, 2020 at 08:06 AM

Happy Boxing Day to everyone. Thanks Msgr. Stephen for today's devotion. What gift should we bring to lay before this King of kings? St. Stephen gave Jesus the ultimate gift of himself in bearing witness to our Lord even in the face of persecution. St Stephen held nothing back from the Lord but gave all he had for his service even in the face of opposition by speaking the truth without fear or favour. A witness is witness is first and foremost a disciple. It is not just about going to church, to pray, or even to read the Bible but it means Christian discipleship, bearing witness to Christ in our lives, in our words and deeds. Wherever we are, at home or in the office or in public service, we must be ready to stand up for Jesus even when we suffer disadvantages from doing so. Prayer Let the light of Jesus Christ shine out; let your Spirit of peace and grace come to all nations so that your will may be done. Free people from all their confusion. Release them from their bondage. Make them free for what is good, true, and eternal. May your name be praised among us today and forevermore.. prayer for all the living faith family members. Have a great day everyone.

Barbara
December 27, 2020 at 01:05 AM

Thank you all for your uplifting words today. Prayers and good wishes for all of you!

Kevyn Mary
December 26, 2020 at 09:32 AM

Amen!

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