Fifth Sunday of Easter

Year A Readings:

  • Acts 7:55-60
  • Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
  • 1 Peter 2:2-10
  • John 14:1-14


Our first martyr defied the Fates.
Stephen was not resigned and broken.
Stephen faced his trial unbroken.
He stood in the docket for the Christian faith.

Stephen Martyr showed his mettle.
He spoke with courage and affirmation
about his faith to a sour Sanhedrin.
His face looked like that of an angel.

Stephen showed us how to cope.
Even after two thousand years,
we look to him to guard our fears.
Stephen’s mettle gives us hope.

No matter how your life is designed,
mettle makes your own renown.
Mettle is how your worth is known
to the men and women you leave behind.

May 10, 2020

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