Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050917.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.
The word of God, the Gospel that Jesus taught the Apostles was spreading. They had a hard time believing that those other than Jews could be received into the Church. But Barnabas saw the truth and taught them, then brought Paul to teach them further. The word of God changes hearts, even those we least expect. Never assume someone cannot change. You must preach, teach and plant the seed and let God do the rest.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for those who planted the seed of your word in my heart so many years ago. That seed kept me pointed toward you, even when I strayed, I came home to you. May I be a seed planter for you! In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory! Amen, Alleluia!
All you nations, praise the Lord, Alleluia!