Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr
Act. 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Ps. 31:3cd-4, 6 & 8ab, 16bc & 17; Mt. 10:17-22
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christianity- Tertullian
During this season of Christmas we enjoy so many good things about life. Food, gifts and other beautiful things that satisfy us. Christmas is all about celebrating the joy of God being with us. Amidst all the celebration and festivity we are invited to live our faith to the fullest. This simply means that we will have to witness for our love and faith for Jesus. This witness for Jesus may require us to pass through hard times or it may even require us to even give our very own life.
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr. By being the first martyr who shed his blood for Christ, St. Stephen set an example of zeal in suffering for Christ. He was one of the seven deacons ordained by the apostles to the ministry of serving the people. He was full of grace and wisdom and he did great signs and wonders among the people. He advanced the faith and did great things in the name of Jesus. But he was eventually brutally killed for witnessing for Jesus.
In this modern time of internetand other modern gadgets we are still called to witness for our faith in Jesus. We are called to use every means available so that Jesus will become more relevant. More relevant in the hearts and minds of the modern people of today; most especially the young ones for they are the future of the church.
Have we already witnessed for Jesus? Have we already been persecuted for our love for Jesus? Let us not be disheartened if we have been through these tests of faith for these are part and parcel of our witness and discipleship for Jesus. Let us make Jesus more relevant today as what Saint Stephen did during his time. Let us not be afraid of the consequences in witnessing our Lord and master.