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So far life has taught me that there are three constants we can live by. The first is that the love of God for us, for all of Creation, is everlasting. The second is that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Promised One, the Christ, through whom all people may be forgiven and become inheritors of eternal life. The third is that change is a basic constant in the fabric of this space-time dimension. The third constant was brought to my attention yesterday, August 3.  

On August 3 the Church’s Calendar of special days listed St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, as the person to remember, unless we wanted to use the more traditional date of December 26. It makes sense to me to celebrate the faithful witness of this first martyr of the Christian faith in August rather than when Christmas celebrations are in full swing and he could be easily forgotten in the rush of December 26 Boxing Day Sales. Some changes can be for the better! So, I commend to you the readings listed below which will give you the story of St. Stephen as recorded in the New Testament which, happily, is one of the things that does not change.  

Bible Reading: Acts 6:1-15, 7:1-60; 8:1-4.