St.Stephen is the first Christian martyr. The word “martyr” means “witness.” From Stephen comes a countless number of persons down through the centuries who were willing to give their lives for their belief in Jesus.
Stephen makes a long speech to his accusers, recalling God’s coming to Abraham and then his call to Moses. He reminds them of how rebellious God’s people were in those day, just like the rebellious ways of the Jewish leaders who stood around Stephen with anger in their eyes and stones in their hands to kill him. When he was about to die, Stephen used almost the same words as Jesus’ from the cross when Jesus said: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” You can make Stephen’s words your own personal “Bible Breath.” “Jesus, receive my spirit.” (3 syllables on the inhale, 3 on the exhale, and one on the rest.)
Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
This year in Easter Season we read Acts 1—9
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