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dc.contributor.authorKestermeier, Chas, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: [696]en_US
dc.description.abstractNote: the original web page lists the first reading as Galatians 1:6-12|Jesus says that we will be called to give witness on his account, and the terms that he uses imply that this will be in outstanding circumstances --- before religious and civil rulers, in martyrdom, in the breakup of families. That certainly was the case in the early days of the Church, but for most of us today it is not our experience.|If we await the big moment to give our witness, if we think that we can only proclaim our God and his love for us in such rare circumstances, we will stifle both God's life in us and the mission that He gives us. We, today, are called to witness constantly and quietly to those around us, even to other believers.|There are various levels of such witness. The fundamental one is to be filled only with love and the life that flows from our loving. In a positive sense that means acting like Boy Scouts (being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, courageous, clean, and reverent), and in a more negative way we must do no self-seeking (e.g., no criticism of others that is needless or is only to make us look good personally, no service or volunteering only out of a sense of duty, a desire to feel good, or a need to round out our resum+).|A more active witnessing is involved in actually speaking of God, something that we are reticent to do in our society. I personally find that many people talk of God only to underline their own godliness; this is using God rather than a letting oneself be a channel for God's presence in all humility and gentleness. Whatever happened to saying "I will pray for you" or speaking of our personal experience of God?|But what I find it is most important to say in this context is that in order to witness to God, to be His presence in the world, it is absolutely essential for us to actively move out of the way of the Spirit, to intentionally and constantly empty ourselves of all that is merely us in order to let the words of the Spirit that Jesus talks about in this passage sound in our lives and in our mouths without being tainted by our own limited and sinful selves.|That slow, constant, and difficult emptying is our true martyrdom, the true witnessing that the wealth that we bear, the very living presence of our God, is only a gift that He in his love confers on the clumsy and fragile earthen vessels that we are.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherSt. Stephen, The First Martyren_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, December 26, 1998: Feast of St. Stephen, first martyr.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitKiewit Residence Hallen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitModern Languages and Literatureen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorKestermeier, Charles T., S.J.en_US of Christmasen_US
dc.subject.local1Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 31:3cd-4, 6ab, 8a, 16bc, 17en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 10:17-22en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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