Today we celebrate the memorial of the first martyr saint Stephen. He died simply because of the hatred of the people and their inability to accept the message of the Good News he proclaimed.

 We could wonder why this feast has to come now even as we just celebrated the Nativity of our Lord yesterday. Yes it has to come because the Lord Jesus wants us to know that being His disciple and accepting to do God's will will come at a cost just as He did the will of the Father and paid the ultimate price for it.

 Stephen was courageous in witnessing for Christ and in speaking the truth and he died for what he believed in. He was not afraid to die, but knew he was simply following the example of our Lord Jesus Christ who was also killed by those He came to save.

 When we have a solid connection with the Holy Spirit of God, He will give us courage to speak the truth about Jesus Christ without fear. He will also help us to do what our Lord Jesus Christ did when He was on the cross of calvary, He forgave those who killed Him and He was at peace when He gave up His Spirit.

 We cannot bear grudges with those who persecute us, rather we should be happy that we experience it because Jesus whom we are following also passed through the same process. Infact, following Jesus comes at a cost, yes we will have joy and peace but  it also involves suffering, persecution and death and if we are not ready to bear this things for His sake, then we cannot truly be His disciples.

 If we are going to please the Lord in what we do, we must be ready to let His light shine through us and inspire others to follow Him through our witnessing, especially by speaking the truth without fear and by forgiving others when they persecute and destroy us.

 When you tell the truth, you can die for it and if that be the case you should be happy and rejoice because you will receive your reward from Jesus who told the truth to the world and they killed Him.

 Good morning dearest one. Smile😊as you do your work and do have a wonderful day. May the Holy Spirit help you to stand by Jesus and be ready to die for Him without fear. Amen. And May the Almighty God bless you: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Meditation: Acts 6:8-10;7:54-59/Psalm 31:3-4, 6, 8, 16/Matthew 10:17-22

Watch-Word: Into your hands O Lord I commend my Spirit.

 Never run away and stop speaking the truth because of the threat of death, learn from the example of Our Lord Jesus Christ and saint Stephen.#Its boxing day, make sure you inspire others like Stephen did!