Daily homily thoughts, 8/16

Today we celebrate St Stephen, whose claim to fame might be his mention in the Christmas tune Good King Wenceslas:  “Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;Brightly shone the moon that night, tho’ the frost was cruel,When a poor man came in sight, gath’ring winter fuel.”  Stephen, the “apostle of Hungary,” was made king of Hungary on Christmas day in 1001, likely the “feast” mentioned in the tune.  King Stephen brought Christianity to Hungary and it blossomed under his rule. Our psalm today is fitting for St Stephen: “Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!”  His soul was filled with fire and it touched everyone. That fire spread from his faith to the entire country of Hungary.  He had a particular concern for the poor.