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

Commentary on Acts 7:51 - 8:1

Today’s passage continues the story of Stephen, although most of his long discourse to the Sanhedrin on the history of the Jewish people has been omitted in our readings. This reading describes just the climax of the story.

Stephen calls those who have arrested him “uncircumcised in heart and ears". Although they are physically circumcised, their behaviour is more like the uncircumcised pagans around them. They were resisting the spirit of God, who spoke through Moses and the prophets. Paul will speak later on of the ineffectiveness of bodily circumcision if there is not a corresponding circumcision of the heart. It is not circumcision which makes the Jew, but his commitment to following God’s will. And similarly for us, it is not just … Continue

Yesterday’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 … Continue

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