Priest's Perspective

Feast of St Steven – 3 August 2020

Month of Compassion
Feast of St Steven 3 August 2020

Let us pray to the Lord:

Heavenly Father
You gave your martyr Saint Steven
Grace to pray for those who stoned him:
Grant that when we suffer for the truth we may follow his example of forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen.

Month of Compassion Scripture says;

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” ( Gal 5 :22 , 23a)

130 days into lockdown, it is easy for us to have compassion fatigue. All we hear about day in and day out is the suffering of people, worldwide from the impacts of the COVID 19 Pandemic. Long before we were dealing with the illness associated with the Virus we were dealing with the hunger, job loss, corruption, travel restrictions and denial of rights. We missed out on vacations and sports and many people have had the loneliest 130 days of their lives.

When St Steven was martyred he had compassion on his persecutors, because he was filled with the Spirit. He knew and was convinced of his end, he knew where he was in his relationship with God, and so he had compassion on those who did not know Christ those who were not walking in his way. Let us devote ourselves in compassion, not as an emotional response, but out of our Love for Christ.

“This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”( Titus 3:8).

May God bless you as you “walk in the Spirit of God” and have compassion.

Rector.
Feast of St Steven

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