Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
"You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
you are just like your ancestors.
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
You received the law as transmitted by angels,
but you did not observe it." - From today's first reading, Acts 7:51-8
After Our Lord's resurrection, things got a little heated for the disciples and the followers of Christ. Stephen's rant makes me think of politics today. From Twitterville to the ordinary newspaper the slings and arrows of debate fly back and forth faster than you can say, "you stiff-necked people!"
Here's the line that caught my attention: "you always oppose the Holy Spirit."
In the political arena there is a tremendous need to be "right." Our side is the right side. We know what's best for all concerned - not you. And in a lot of cases, we're being told we're not smart enough to figure this all out and we need to vote for the one who won't explain it to us, but will take care of everything for us.
Don't you already feel a sense of relief?
I doubt seriously that being for or against the Holy Spirit is a high priority for most people especially someone in politics. They are there to win and to prove themselves right.
But what if ... what if a politician decided to seek out the Holy Spirit? What if, we, as ordinary, every day people, living our lives, did the same? What if before we opened our mouths to try and prove ourselves right, we asked the Holy Spirit for guidance?