On the second day of Christmas, our true Love, Jesus, gives us for our inspiration and imitation St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. This suggests to us that the meaning of Christmas is to deepen our love for Jesus so much that we will both live and die for Him.
Stephen loved Jesus so much that He imitated Jesus in life and in death. Jesus was anointed "with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil" (Acts 10:38). Stephen was "filled with faith and the Holy Spirit" (Acts 6:5), and "was working great wonders and signs among the people" (Acts 6:8). As Jesus was crucified, He prayed: "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do" (Lk 23:34). As Stephen was executed, he prayed: "Lord, do not hold this sin against them" (Acts 7:60). As He died, Jesus prayed: "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit" (Lk 23:46). As he died, Stephen prayed: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" (Acts 7:59).
This Christmas season, let us plunge more deeply into the depths of Christ's love than ever before. Then we will be more like Jesus than ever before, that is, we will be holier. Therefore, have not only a merry Christmas but also a holy one. Have not only a silent night but also a holy night, life, and death.