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The kingdom of God is at hand

June 11, Saturday, 10th Week in Ordinary Time
Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle
Daily Readings: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3 Gospel: Mathew 10: 7-13

Barnabas was sent to Antioch, and he encouraged them to remain faithful to the Lord. Barnabas looks for Paul.  In the gospel, Jesus proclaims, "The kingdom of God is at hand." Heal the sick, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You receive without paying and give without being compensated.

The reading highlights the person of St. Barnabas, who is described as a good man. He was an early Christian disciple in Jerusalem. He is the man who sold some of his lands and gave the proceeds to the community. He was a companion to Paul, and it was he who introduced Paul to the other Apostles. He was a source of encouragement. In the gospel, Jesus tells the apostles to give up their wealth and possessions and serve others with compassion, just like he does. As good Christians, we should use these traits to encourage others going through hard times. The Gospel of the Day and Saint of the Day want us to do that.

Can I be a person who encourages others when they pass through the valley of darkness? Can I be a person who can be a healing balm and a soothing medicine when people face immense heartbreak and painful moments in life? Yes, I can be a person who can help people when they have problems, crises, and problems in their lives.

 

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