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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 26, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

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

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The immediate few days after Christmas jar one back into reality!

Though the glitter still shines with the Christmas lights and we continue to celebrate the birth of Christ, we are reminded by the liturgy today that being a Christian is not easy. Today we celebrate the feast of St. Stephen, who was stoned to death.

We can look to the Holy Family as another example of this suffering. Right after the birth of Christ they had to flee from the area to keep Jesus safe. Later in His ministry, Jesus predicted that His followers would face trials and persecution. (see Matthew 10:17-22)

Key to this message is the final statement by Christ . . . "but he that shall persevere unto the end shall be saved." (Matthew 10:22)

What is it that makes one persevere in a relationship, and in beliefs? How is our relationship with Christ? It is something we might consider as we begin this coming year.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
jmurphy (at) syracuse (dot) net

Friday, December 26, 2008

Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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