Saturday, December 26, 2020
Reading (Acts 6:8-10; 7: 54-59)
 Now Stephen, full of grace and power, performed great miracles and signs among the people.  But opposition arose from members of the Synagogue of the Freed Slaves (as it was called), composed of Cyrenians, Alexandrians and people from Cilicia and the province of Asia.
They argued with Stephen,  but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by which he spoke. [7:54] On hearing these things, they were cut to their hearts and ground their teeth at him.
 But he, full of the Ruach HaKodesh, looked up to heaven and saw God’s Sh’khinah, with Yeshua standing at the right hand of God. “Look!” he exclaimed, “I see heaven opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
 At this, they began yelling at the top of their voices, so that they wouldn’t have to hear him; and with one accord, they rushed at him,  threw him outside the city and began stoning him.
And the witnesses laid down their coats at the feet of a young man named Sha’ul.  As they were stoning him, Stephen called out to God, “Lord Yeshua! Receive my spirit!”
Gospel (Matthew 10: 17-22)
 Be on guard, for there will be people who will hand you over to the local Sanhedrins and flog you in their synagogues.  On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as a testimony to them and to the Goyim.
 But when they bring you to trial, do not worry about what to say or how to say it; when the time comes, you will be given what you should say.  For it will not be just you speaking, but the Spirit of your heavenly Father speaking through you.
“A brother will betray his brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against their parents and have them put to death.  Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever holds out till the end will be preserved from harm.