Posted by: livingscripture | April 24, 2012

Third Tuesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

“‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’  But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.  They threw him out of the city and began to stone him’.”

                                                                                     (Acts 7: 56-57)                                

                                                                                                                                   

How should we live this Word

Stephen lives the hour of his martyrdom with such a certainty of faith and hope as though heaven were already open above him as splendidly shining as it does in his heart.  Stephan completes his clear faith in God the Father with the Christian faith of belief in the Son of God.  He sees God’s glory and Jesus is at His right hand.  He proclaims this with ecstatic joy.  However, his light, as a son of light, unleashes the darkness of hate and violence.  It is the anger of those who do not want to know anything about Jesus and His witnesses.  The text expresses their malevolent rage with the words, “They covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.” 

Yes, even in evil, in non-love, there is a coalition.  This blindness gives birth to the revolt of those who do not accept the truth of their own evil works.  It arouses gestures that are both tragic and ridiculous, like covering one’s ears and shouting their unjust condemnation.  What follows is the mature fruit of rancor, hatred, envy, and unjust condemnation they can no longer contain.  Not one by one, but all together they rise up against Stephen and stone him to death.

 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this dramatic scene. It should persuade me even more in this paganized world that I must choose to witness to Christ, cost what it may.  I may not be stoned but I will be laughed at and endure unjust laws.  However, Christ’s Sun will shine in my heart and His joy will be mine.

 

Jesus, give me the courage to witness to you as Stephen did. 

The voice of Maurice Zundel, Theologian

 

Books, documents, reasoning, can never convince or convert.  What is needed is the light of a life, the radiance of a face, the beating of a heart.  It is the gift of an entire life.

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