Friday, 26 December 2014
Thoughts on St. Stephen Part Two
Posted by Supertradmum
The first connects St. Stephen's vision of heaven "opening up" and the martyr seeing Christ in glory.
This reality of heaven was not only a gift of consolation for the soon-to-be-stoned man, but part of the saint's witness. He was telling those around him that Christ was indeed in heaven, resurrected, in body as well as in soul.
This statement was a reference to everlasting life, which the Sadducees did not hold as a truth of their sect of Judaism. Already, we see, in this fact, a corruption of the Revelation from God in the Old Testament, as David and other prophets referred to heaven and hell, and in the Book of Maccabees, we see the Jews praying for the dead to enter into their reward, after having their sins forgiven.
That the Sadducees would have responded violently to St. Stephen's account of seeing heaven indicates that God's effort to correct the members of this sect, through this holy man, was refused.
Not all people want to hear the truth, especially it is will change their status and lifestyles.
Second, St. Stephen was a deacon. In Morning Prayer, we read this today: