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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 26, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

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

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

It will not be you who speak but the Spirit of Your Father speaking through you.
(see Matthew 10:20)

Over the centuries since the coming of Christ, many who were prompted by the Holy Spirit have repeated God's Word, showed us how Jesus revealed for those who truly desire it a way to live perpetually in the peace and joy of this Christmas season. Sadly many have lost all sense that Christ's birth in human flesh is the greatest possible gift God could ever have given us. In Christ, the God-man, we are shown what humanity can become if we agree to make sacrifices, abandon our selfish ways, and participate in God's holy life.

Thankfully, God's grace and hope still abounds; for the Spirit of Christmas lives on in every generation through men and women who martyr their lives and reputations to make God's truth heard and His boundless love seen. Stephen's spirit, that of our first Christian martyr, lives on in each succeeding generation, for Christ's love and truth are eternally given gifts.

Father God, open our hearts to receive the gift of life that You have given us in the sacrificial birth and death of Your Son. May Your Word flow from our hearts to bless others. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

St. Stephen, first martyr

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