May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Barnabas

Learn more about St. Barnabas: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=211

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061118.cfm

In those days 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.

Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off.

“…they laid hands on them and sent them off.” They ordained these men and sent them out to preach and teach the word of God. Much as we do in Cathedrals all over the world every year – we ordain Priests by the laying on of hands to do the work of God. We ordained 2 young men Saturday and this reading came alive. What a beautiful grace the Lord has given us in the vocation of men to the Priesthood. Do you believe it? Do you rejoice in it? A beautiful sacrament has been handed down to us from the beginning of the Church, find out the truth yourself. Believe in what the Lord has done.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your gift of the Priesthood. I am blessed everyday by the Priest who have influenced me and continue to be involved in my Spiritual life. Thank you Lord and I give you praise and honor, Amen!

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

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