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Today’s Readings – Monday of Week 3 of Easter - First Reading

Commentary on Acts 6:8-15

Today we begin the story of Stephen, who will be the first person to give his life for Christ. He is the first martyr, the first true witness to the Gospel. Because of this, his feast is celebrated on the day after Christmas. Today’s passage follows the reading on the appointment of the ‘deacons’, of whom Stephen was one, and also following the conversion of some of the Temple’s priests.

We are told at the beginning that:

Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

Until now, we only heard of the apostles, especially Peter and John, working miracles. Now, after the laying on of hands, Stephen is given the same gifts and the same power. Soon, we will see the deacon Philip doing the same.

However, Step … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of Week 3 of Easter (Year B)

Commentary on Acts 3:13-15,17-19; 1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48

Today we have another account of Jesus appearing to his disciples on Easter Sunday. This time it is from Luke. We should not be disturbed that these various accounts do not match, nor should we try artificial … Continue

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