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Acts 7:57-58 But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is a superb example of the far-reaching effects of a faithful witness to one’s belief and conviction. Stephen kept the faith at the cost of his life, and because he did so (perhaps partly on account of the way in which he did so), he set up a chain reaction in the conscience of a young man “whose name was Saul.”
It may very well be that if Saint Stephen’s witness to the way of his Lord had not been clear and unmistakable, Saul of Tarsus might never have taken Christianity seriously.We never now how many sons and daughters we might bring to God by steadfastness and loyalty to the way and the ethics of Jesus. We never know how many we may be driving away from him by a half-hearted, follow-the-crowd attitude toward his way and toward the precepts of his Church.
MOVING FORWARD: Do some research on the life and ministry of Phillips Brooks.
Read the contemporary reflection here.
Today the Church remembers Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, 1893.