September 24

Where Have All the Heroes Gone?

by Kevin Clark
The world loves superheroes? Millions are spent to produce movies that we will spend billions to watch. Our hearts long for what we so desperately need. Where have all the heroes gone?

In today’s reading, we are reminded what it means to be a hero. Stephen was willing to speak the truth in love to his accusers even if it would cost him his life. “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! He was willing to forgive those who stoned him even as his bones were being crushed by the stones, even while his flesh was being torn open. His last words. “He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.” Notice who was present, Saul is a witness, even a participant in the death of our hero. The seed of the fallen with be the birth of our next hero. What seed or faith grows in you? Heroes awake! The world needs you!

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