“Those who listened to his words were stung to the heart.” —Acts 7:54
At the first Christian Pentecost, many who heard St. Peter preach were cut to the heart by his words and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:37). Three thousand of them repented, were baptized, and received the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:38, 41).
After St. Stephen preached, the people hearing him were cut to the heart (see Acts 7:54). Nevertheless, they did not repent. Rather, “they ground their teeth in anger at” Stephen (Acts 7:54). “The onlookers were shouting aloud, holding their hands over their ears as they did so. Then they rushed at him as one man, dragged him out of the city, and began to stone him” (Acts 7:57-58).
“God’s word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb 4:12). God’s Word resists our resistance and demands a response. As our hearts begin to burn (Lk 24:32) when they are penetrated by God’s Word (Heb 4:12), we will either crucify our flesh “with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24) or kill the Lord’s prophets and thereby continue “crucifying the Son of God” and “holding Him up to contempt” (Heb 6:6).
What will you do? Even if you try to hide from God’s Word, His prophets may find you. What will you do when you are confronted with the life-changing demands of God? Say with Mary: “May it be done to me according to Your word” (Lk 1:38, RNAB).
Promise: “You are my Rock and my Fortress; for Your name’s sake You will lead and guide me.” —Ps 31:4
Praise: Rosa takes the Eucharist and One Bread, One Body to distribute to people in the nursing home.
This teaching is from presentation ministries.