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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 26, A.D. 2002

Acts 6:8-10
Psalm 31:3-4,6-8,17,21
Matthew 10:17-22

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The birth of God as Human was a terrible Truth in the root meaning of "terrible" as awe-inspiring. It was a Truth that has demanded a price from the beginning. It seems such a paradox that the most life-giving truths can result in death. Look at the religious wars even to the present day. To take possession of Truth for selfish gain as did King Herod and the Pharisees, resulted in sins against Truth on their part. Today's feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr, just one day after Christmas, shocks us in realizing the price we must pay.

Are we ready to give our whole assent, our whole loyalty, even to death, for the Divine Child who demands our total love?

Our meditation this day should grapple with this question. May it stir in us a humble but firm assent.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (smartins@twcny.rr.com)


St. Stephen, first martyr

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