June 11, 2015 THURSDAY, 10TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Barnabas the Apostle
Acts 11:21b - 26; 13:1 – 3 / Mt 5:20 – 26
Reading: Acts 11: 21b - 26; 13:1 – 3
The hand of the Lord was with them so that a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
News of this reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, so they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the manifest signs of God's favor, he rejoiced and urged them all to remain firmly faithful to the Lord; for he himself was a good man filled with Holy Spirit and faith. Thus large crowds came to know the Lord.
Then Barnabas went off to Tarsus to look for Saul and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they had meetings with the Church and instructed many people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.
There were at Antioch – in the Church which was there – prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon known as Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod, and Saul. On one occasion while they were celebrating the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul to do the work for which I have called them." So, after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Gospel: Mt 5:20 - 26
Jesus said, "I tell you, then, that if you are not righteous in a much broader way than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
"You have heard that it was said to our people in the past: Do not commit murder; anyone who does kill will have to face trial. But now I tell you: whoever gets angry with a brother or sister will have to face trial. Whoever insults a brother or sister deserves to be brought before the council; whoever calls a brother or a sister "Fool" deserves to be thrown into the fire of hell. So, if you are about to offer your gift at the altar and you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with him, and then come back and offer your gift to God.
"Don't forget this: be reconciled with your opponent quickly when you are together on the way to court. Otherwise he will turn you over to the judge, who will hand you over to the police, who will put you in jail. There you will stay, until you have paid the last penny."
St. Barnabas, a Cypriot, was one of the earliest Jews to join the young Christian community. He sold a piece of land and brought the money to the apostles to use for the Christian community. Here we see his generosity.
When Saul was converted by the Lord in Damascus, Barnabas took charge of him and introduced him to the apostles in Jerusalem. Afterwards, he was commissioned to go with Saul, now called Paul, to preach in far-away countries and to non-Jews.
St. Barnabas was stoned to death in Salamis, Cyprus in 61 AD.
This tells us to be missionaries – to tell non-believers about Jesus, even our family members who have stopped believing in God and are so pre-occupied with earning money or having a good time. We are called to bring the Good News of salvation to others because there are people hungry for it.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus says that true virtue is more than just being good and upright. We are told to reconcile with those who are angry with us, regardless of who is right or wrong. The world needs peacemakers, people who answer evil with good. Enough of "patigasan," people should learn to reconcile because we know that we will not always be in total agreement with others. And so if we have a quarrel with someone, we must pray for the grace to reconcile with him/her. And if everyone has this attitude, won't the world be a better place to live in?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
ROSALINA BABY GO CHUA
DOMINGO & CECILIA LIM YU
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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