JUST ONE MINUTE
I am currently reading The Word on Fire Bible Vol 2. In Acts of the Apostles chapters 6 and 7 we meet St. Stephen, one of the Church's first deacons and its first martyr. “The Greek word Stephen means ‘crowned’ in Latin...In Hebrew, his name means ‘your norm’.” (WOF Bible p.70). This is a powerful invitation for us as believers. Remember Stephen was violently attacked verbally and physically. He responded with eloquent speech, and the enraged crowd saw that his face looked like the face of an angel. He prayed for those who were killing him unjustly. St. Stephen certainly is the norm, the standard for us as believers: to overcome evil with good, to pray for those who persecute us and bless those who curse us.
Reflection: Today, spend some time with Jesus. In prayer, bring to him someone who has harmed you. Offer this person to Jesus. What is your experience?
Deacon Danny Hartnedy