Whoever comes to Me will not be hungry

Whoever comes to Me will not be hungry


Acts 7:51–8:1, Jn 6:30-35. Today’s first reading compares Stephen’s martyrdom to the passion of Christ. Both of them were tried for blasphemy and condemned by the Sanhedrin. At the moment of death each of them handed over their spirit to God and each prayed for the executioners to be pardoned. Stephen is honoured as the proto-martyr of Christianity, a disciple whose death, modeled on that of Jesus, led straight to Heaven.

Stephen’s final moments seemed inglorious to those he left behind. He was sadly missed by the Christian community in Jerusalem, which he had served so generously. The risen Lord continues among His followers as reported in today’s Gospel. We have heard Him say: “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry.” Our union with Jesus in spirit on a daily basis inspires us, like Stephen, to live by His outlook and attitudes. With Stephen we also pray: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

May the Lord fill us with His grace and draw us closer to God our strength! Amen!! Have a glorious day!!!




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