Sunday, May 22, 2016

Examin Sunday 22 May 2016: Stephen, The Holy Spirit, & the Spirit of Martyrdom

They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and (others) ...these they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. … Then some … arose and disputed with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke … and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council … they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God." But they … rushed together upon him ... they cast him out of the city and stoned him.
Act 6. 5 – 7.56

Filled with the Holy Spirit, St Stephen feared nothing, not even death, for the sake of the faith. Have you courage equal to his? And if you do not, is it because you resist the working of the Holy Spirit within you?

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