Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042815.cfm
Those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose because of Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but Jews. There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however, who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord. Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.
They did what we are all called to do, evangelize and spread the word of the Lord. Our call from the Lord is to be like these disciples, go out of our comfort zone. He will give us the words we need, we just need to have the courage of these men and step out in faith. Are you willing to trust in the Lord? Are you willing to share His word?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage and strength to preach your word, even when it is not popular. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
All you nations, praise the Lord, Alleluia!