Happy Boxing Day!
Happy Saint Stephen's Day!
Saint Stephen, a layperson, was the first believer in Jesus Christ as God, Savior, and Lord to be killed for his faith.
The believer in Christ is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ undertakes the process of replicating Himself uniquely in each believer, which is why Saint Paul, submitting to the death of his old self, could write elsewhere, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ in me."
In Stephen's brave and faithful martyrdom, you can see how Christ lived in him and the confidence in God he had as a result, even as he drew his last violence-plagued breaths. He was even able to forgive his murderers.