Posted by: livingscripture | April 23, 2012

Third Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

“Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyreneans, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephan, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.”

                                                       (Acts 6: 8-9)                                   



How should we live this Word


The arrest of the first martyr Stephen, in some measure reflects what happened to Jesus.  Stephan is filled with grace. He exercises over the people the power that attracts free persons to the following of Christ.  Those who debated with him are persons of the Jewish faith and of various nationalities.  They wanted to have the victory, but Stephan speaks with an inspired wisdom that reveals his winning spiritual superiority.  Evidently, the people were with him.  Envy and jealousy came into play because the men of the synagogue became furious and incited simple people to accuse him with lies.  The calumny comes from within their religiosity.  They say that Stephan is guilty of blasphemy against Moses and against God.

According to His accusers, Jesus was guilty of blasphemy by proclaiming that He was God’s Son.  By saying this to his enemies, Stephan would be guilty of the same iniquity.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that through the centuries, there were many cases where the condemnation of just persons was motivated by unjust accusations arising from opposition to faith in God and the love that is due to Him. 


Lord, grant that I may not judge or condemn anyone in my thoughts or words.  Let You Word be the Light of salvation for others and never a weapon against the 

The voice of St. Ephraim, Church Doctor


Lord, grant that I may see my sins and never judge anyone.


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