Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr December 26, 2023

Fr. Rick’s Two-Minute Homily Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr
December 26, 2023, Matthew 10: 17-22
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/122623.cfm

St. Stephen First Martyr

With each choice, the Word of God becomes more flesh in our words, looks, touch, and how we listen to people. We might wonder at first why Stephen infuriated the crowd so much. Was it because he won the debate? St. Luke tells us that it was the wisdom and spirit in which he spoke. That means it wasn’t Stephen. It was Jesus speaking in him through the Holy Spirit.

Remember how the Spirit descended upon Mary, overshadowed Mary, and conceived the Word in her womb? Long before the debate, Jesus was born the same way in Stephen’s heart. And it happened because as Stephen lived his life, day in and day out, he made little choices for Jesus, just like we do.

Over time, the Word of God was made flesh in those little choices in him. The words he formed in his mouth were no longer human. They were the Word of God. The human life Stephen gave up when his enemies stoned him was a life he had given up long before this debate. For Stephen, it was a life he gave up each day. His death for Jesus was a gain.

What was true for Stephen is true for us. With each choice, the Word of God becomes more flesh in our words, looks, touch, and how we listen to people.

Some people will accept his presence through our speech and what we say and do. Others won’t be ready. That’s ok.

Gospel Challenge:
Like St. Paul, who was Saul before his conversion, some will come to the Way of Jesus; it may take time, but they’ll come. So, die well this day, and you will witness well to Jesus.

Love Your Neighbor:
Please join me in praying for all baptized Catholics to be faithful to Jesus in the Holy Mass every weekend. Hail Mary, full of grace…
Mother Mary, “I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.” The Surrender Novena – InHeartland. https://inheartland.com/pages/the-surrender-novena

Peace be with you,
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC
www.bscchurch.com
or .

Share:

More Posts

Monday, 2nd Week in Lent February 26, 2024

Father Rick’s Three Minute Homily for Monday, 2nd Week in Lent February 26, 2024, Luke 6:36-38 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022624.cfm Nothing is More Exciting and Life Changing. Being

2nd Sunday in Lent B February 25, 2024

Fr. Rick’s 3-Minute Homily for 2nd Sunday in Lent B February 25, 2024, Mark 9:2-10 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022524.cfm Be Loved – Reflection on the RE Congress Weekend

Saturday 1st Week in Lent February 24, 2024

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Saturday 1st Week in Lent February 24, 2024, Matthew 5:43-48 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022424.cfm But I Say To You. Families have their

Friday, 1st Week in Lent February 23, 2024

Father Rick’s Three Minute Homily for Friday, 1st Week in Lent February 23, 2024, Matthew 5:20-26 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022324.cfm Outside the Box. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid

Send Us A Message