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December 26 – St. Stephen Christmas Season

Today’ Mass Readings

December 26 – St. Stephen Christmas Season

Matthew 10:17-22.

With each choice, the Word of God becomes more and more flesh in our words, in our look, in our touch and the way we listen to people.

We might think 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,
overshadowed Mary and she conceived the Word in her womb?

Well, long before the debate took place
Jesus was born the very 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.

Well with the passing of 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 he lived his life.

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 and more flesh in our words,
in our look, in our touch and the way we listen to people.

And we know and there’s going to be some people who will accept it,
accept his presence through our speech and what we say and do.

Others they just won’t be ready.

That’s ok.

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 in a word, die well this day and you will witness well to Jesus.

Peace everyone.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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