thoughts and observations on the daily readings
Monday of the Third Week of Easter
Readings may be found here
The word “angel” comes from the word for “messenger” or “representative.” In the Old and New Testaments, Angels bear the presence and message of God to human beings.
Today, we are told that the young deacon Stephen is brought before a hostile Sanhedrin where he offers testimony and his face is like that “of an angel.” This makes perfect sense when you consider that Stephen in his living and in his testimony has become a messenger for the Lord Jesus. He has received the truth revealed by Jesus in the Gospel of John today – that the work of God is to be in right relationship with the One sent by the Father. Stephen believes. With his deeds, words, and in his martyrdom, he proclaims that Jesus to the world and to us. An Angel indeed!