St. Stephen

Matthew 10:17-22

It is a shock to read this Gospel immediately after Christmas. But this is the world into which Jesus comes. He does not retreat from it in fear or disgust. He will wrap it in his love, and that will be enough to save humankind. Saint Stephen embodies the costliness of following Jesus. He is clear in his words. To follow him is to be led into challenging situations where courage and faithfulness will be required.