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<< Thursday, December 26, 1996 >> St. Stephen
 
Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59
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Psalm 31 Matthew 10:17-22
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HOLD OUT OR DROP OUT?

 
"Whoever holds out till the end will escape death." —Matthew 10:22
 

Life in Christ is like a race (see 2 Tm 4:7). We must hold out to the end and cross the finish line (Phil 3:14) in order to win (1 Cor 9:24). If we hold out till the end, we will not only escape the second death but also bear a great harvest for God's kingdom (Lk 8:15) and receive the crown of everlasting life (see 2 Tm 4:8).

Why does a person hold out instead of drop out of life, love, marriage, parenting, and service? We persevere not because things go so well or because we are so strong. We hold out because of the truth and depth of our relationships, especially our relationship with Christ. If we have come "to grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ's love" (Eph 3:18), we will persevere in living for Him. Our relationship with Him will weather all storms, even the storms of persecution (see Mt 7:25).

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Because He was born, people could touch, see, hear, and feel Him. We can relate to Him — person to Person. Because He was born, we can continue to touch, see, hear, and feel Him in His body, the Church, and especially in the Eucharist, His body and blood. We can relate to Jesus personally and deeply and so hold out till the end of life on earth and the beginning of life forever in heaven.

 
Prayer: Father, may I love You as Stephen did.
Promise: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." —Acts 7:59
Praise: Stephen "worked great signs and wonders among the people" (Acts 6:8) and was so "filled with faith and the Holy Spirit" (Acts 6:5) that he was martyred even before the apostles were.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, June 20, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 26, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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