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.
Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4, 5-6
R.(see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
AlleluiaJN 13:34 R. Alleluia, alleluia. I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you. R. Alleluia, alleluia. GospelMT 5:20-26 Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Prayer to make Spiritual Communion: People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen Press Play on the Video Below -
Vatican News and Daily Trust (Abuja) report that Boko Haram insurgents reportedly killed 69 persons at Foduma Kolomaiya village, 11 kilometres away from Gazaure town of Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday.
Credible sources and residents told the Daily Trust that the attack, which was launched around noon, lasted two hours before the terrorists retreated.
Besides the people killed, the attackers reportedly killed over 300 cows and rustled nearly 1000.
It was gathered that the terrorists invaded the community 24 hours after attacking commuters along the Monguno highway.
Residents, who spoke to our correspondent, said many people also sustained injuries.
One of the sources said many people were missing after the attack.
But a source from one of the leading international organisations working in the northeast, the head of one of the vigilante groups, a source from a credible NGO and a public affairs analyst all confirmed the attack in Gubio.
"It is the most deadly attack in recent times," one of them said. "The location of the village made rescue mission a bit difficult," he said.
"Many people were killed and others missing because the attackers waylaid the village in broad daylight, surrounded it and opened fire," another source said. On his part, the vigilante official said 69 dead bodies were counted. "These exclude those that are missing... More about the attack will come to the fore tomorrow (today)," he said. Edited from All Africa - Image Source: Google Images - The Nigerian Voice (Raw disturbing video from the aftermath of the attack - Viewer Discretion advised)
Feast: June 11Prayer In Honor Of St. BarnabasO God, who decreed that Saint Barnabas, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit, should be set apart to convert the nations, grant that the Gospel of Christ, which he strenuously preached, may be faithfully proclaimed by word and by deed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Born: Cyprus Died: 61 AD, Salamis, Cyprus Major Shrine: Monastery of St Barnabas in Famagusta, Cyprus Patron of: Cyprus, Antioch, against hailstorms, invoked as peacemaker Barnabas (originally Joseph), styled an Apostle in Holy Scripture, and, like St. Paul, ranked by the Church with the Twelve, though not one of them; b. of Jewish parents in the Island of Cyprus about the beginning of the Christian Era. A Levite, he naturally spent much time in Jerusalem, probably even before the Crucifixion of Our Lord, and appears also to have settled there (where his relatives, the family of Mark the Evangelist, likewise had their homes — Acts 12:12) and to have owned land in its vicinity (4:36-37). A rather late tradition recorded by Clement of Alexandria (Strom., II, 20, P.G., VIII, col. 1060) and Eusebius (H. E., II, i, P. G., XX, col. 117) says that he was one of the seventy Disciples; but Acts (4:36-37) favours the opinion that he was converted to Christianity shortly after Pentecost (about A.D. 29 or 30) and immediately sold his property and devoted the proceeds to the Church. The Apostles, probably because of his success as a preacher, for he is later placed first among the prophets and doctors of Antioch (xiii, 1), surnamed him Barnabas, a name then interpreted as meaning "son of exhortation" or "consolation". (The real etymology, however, is disputed. See Encyl. Bibli., I, col. 484.) Though nothing is recorded of Barnabas for some years, he evidently acquired during this period a high position in the Church. When Saul the persecutor, later Paul the Apostle, made his first visit (dated variously from A.D. 33 to 38) to Jerusalem after his conversion, the Church there, remembering his former fierce spirit, was slow to believe in the reality of his conversion. Barnabas stood sponsor for him and had him received by the Apostles, as the Acts relate (9:27), though he saw only Peter and James, the brother of the Lord, according to Paul himself (Galatians 1:18-19). Saul went to his house at Tarsus to live in obscurity for some years, while Barnabas appears to have remained at Jerusalem. The event that brought them together again and opened to both the door to their lifework was an indirect result of Saul's own persecution. In the dispersion that followed Stephen's death, some Disciples from Cyprus and Cyrene, obscure men, inaugurated the real mission of the Christian Church by preaching to the Gentiles. They met with great success among the Greeks at Antioch in Syria, reports of which coming o the ears of the Apostles, Barnabas was sent thither by them to investigate the work of his countrymen. He saw in the conversions effected the fruit of God's grace and, though a Jew, heartily welcomed these first Gentile converts. His mind was opened at once to the possibility of this immense field. It is a proof how deeply impressed Barnabas had been by Paul that he thought of him immediately for this work, set out without delay for distant Tarsus, and persuaded Paul to go to Antioch and begin the work of preaching. This incident, shedding light on the character of each, shows it was no mere accident that led them to the Gentile field. Together they laboured at Antioch for a whole year and "taught a great multitude". Then, on the coming of famine, by which Jerusalem was much afflicted, the offerings of the Disciples at Antioch were carried (about A.D. 45) to the mother-church by Barnabas and Saul (Acts 11). Their mission ended, they returned to Antioch, bringing with them the cousin, or nephew of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10), John Mark, the future Evangelist (Acts 12:25). The time was now ripe, it was believed, for more systematic labours, and the Church of Antioch felt inspired by the Holy Ghost to send out missionaries to the Gentile world and to designate for the work Barnabas and Paul. They accordingly departed, after the imposition of hands, with John Mark as helper. Cyprus, the native land of Barnabas, was first evangelized, and then they crossed over to Asia Minor. Here, at Perge in Pamphylia, the first stopping place, John Mark left them, for what reason his friend St. Luke does not state, though Paul looked on the act as desertion. The two Apostles, however, pushing into the interior of a rather wild country, preached at Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, at Derbe, and other cities. At every step they met with opposition and even violent persecution from the Jews, who also incited the Gentiles against them. The most striking incident of the journey was at Lystra, where the superstitious populace took Paul, who had just cured a lame man, for Hermes (Mercury) "because he was the chief speaker", and Barnabas for Jupiter, and were about to sacrifice a bull to them when prevented by the Apostles. Mob-like, they were soon persuaded by the Jews to turn and attack the Apostles and wounded St. Paul almost fatally. Despite opposition and persecution, Paul and Barnabas made many converts on this journey and returned by the same route to Perge, organizing churches, ordaining presbyters and placing them over the faithful, so that they felt, on again reaching Antioch in Syria, that God had "opened a door of faith to the Gentiles" (Acts 13:13-14:27). Barnabas and Paul had been "for no small time" at Antioch, when they were threatened with the undoing of their work and the stopping of its further progress. Preachers came from Jerusalem with the gospel that circumcision was necessary for salvation, even for the Gentiles. The Apostles of the Gentiles, perceiving at once that this doctrine would be fatal to their work, went up to Jerusalem to combat it; the older Apostles received them kindly and at what is called the Council of Jerusalem (dated variously from A.D. 47 to 51) granted a decision in their favour as well as a hearty commendation of their work (Acts 14:27-15:30). On their return to Antioch, they resumed their preaching for a short time. St. Peter came down and associated freely there with the Gentiles, eating with them. This displeased some disciples of James; in their opinion, Peter's act was unlawful, as against the Mosaic law. Upon their remonstrances, Peter yielded apparently through fear of displeasing them, and refused to eat any longer with the Gentiles. Barnabas followed his example. Paul considered that they "walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel" and upbraided them before the whole church (Galatians 2:11-15). Paul seems to have carried his point. Shortly afterwards, he and Barnabas decided to revisit their missions. Barnabas wished to take John Mark along once more, but on account of the previous defection Paul objected. A sharp contention ensuing, the Apostles agreed to separate. Paul was probably somewhat influenced by the attitude recently taken by Barnabas, which might prove a prejudice to their work. Barnabas sailed with John Mark to Cyprus, while Paul took Silas an revisited the churches of Asia Minor. It is believed by some that the church of Antioch, by its God-speed to Paul, showed its approval of his attitude; this inference, however, is not certain (Acts 15:35-41). Little is known of the subsequent career of Barnabas. He was still living and labouring as an Apostle in 56 or 57, when Paul wrote I Cor. (ix, 5, 6). from which we learn that he, too, like Paul, earned his own living, though on an equality with other Apostles. The reference indicates also that the friendship between the two was unimpaired. When Paul was a prisoner in Rome (61-63), John Mark was attached to him as a disciple, which is regarded as an indication that Barnabas was no longer living (Colossians 4:10). This seems probable. Various traditions represent him as the first Bishop of Milan, as preaching at Alexandria and at Rome, whose fourth (?) bishop, St. Clement, he is said to have converted, and as having suffered martyrdom in Cyprus. The traditions are all late and untrustworthy. With the exception of St. Paul and certain of the Twelve, Barnabas appears to have been the most esteemed man of the first Christian generation. St. Luke, breaking his habit of reserve, speaks of him with affection, "for he was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith". His title to glory comes not only from his kindliness of heart, his personal sanctity, and his missionary labours, but also from his readiness to lay aside his Jewish prejudices, in this anticipating certain of the Twelve; from his large-hearted welcome of the Gentiles, and from his early perception of Paul's worth, to which the Christian Church is indebted, in large part at least, for its great Apostle. His tenderness towards John Mark seems to have had its reward in the valuable services later rendered by him to the Church. The feast of St. Barnabas is celebrated on 11 June. He is credited by Tertullian (probably falsely) with the authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the so-called Epistle of Barnabas is ascribed to him by many Fathers. (Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)
Let us continue our catechesis on the theme of prayer. The book of Genesis, through the stories of men and women of distant eras, tells us stories in which we can mirror our life. In the cycle of patriarchs, we also find that of a man who made shrewdness his best gift: Jacob. The biblical story tells us about the difficult relationship that Jacob had with his brother Esau. From an early age, there is rivalry between them, and it will never be overcome later. Jacob is the second-born - they were twins - but by deception he manages to steal from Father Isaac the blessing and the gift of the birthright (cf. Gen25.19 to 34). It is only the first of a long series of tricks that this unscrupulous man is capable of. Even the name "Jacob" means someone who has shrewdness in moving.
Forced to flee away from his brother, in his life he seems to succeed in every endeavor. He is skilled in business: he gets very rich, becoming the owner of a huge flock. With tenacity and patience he manages to marry the most beautiful of Laban's daughters, with whom he was truly in love. Jacob - we would say with modern language - is a man who "made himself", with ingenuity, shrewdness, manages to conquer anything he wants. But something is missing. He lacks the living relationship with his roots.
And one day he hears the call of home, of his ancient homeland, where Esau still lived, the brother with whom he had always been in bad relations. Jacob sets off and makes a long journey with a large caravan of people and animals, until he reaches the last stop, at the Jabbok stream. Here the book of Genesis offers us a memorable page (cf. 32,23-33). He says that the patriarch, after having made all his people and all the cattle - which was a lot - cross the stream, remains alone on the foreign shore. And think: what awaits him for the next day? What attitude will his brother Esau take, to whom he had stolen the birthright? Jacob's mind is a whirlwind of thoughts ... And, as it gets dark, suddenly a stranger grabs him and starts fighting with him. TheCatechism explains: "The spiritual tradition of the Church has seen in this story the symbol of prayer as a fight against faith and the victory of perseverance" ( CCC , 2573).
Jacob fought all night, never letting go of his opponent. In the end he is won, hit by his rival in the sciatic nerve, and from then on he will be lame for a lifetime. That mysterious wrestler asks the patriarch for his name and says to him: «You will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel. because you fought with God and with men and you won! " (v. 29). As if to say: you will never be the man who walks like this, but straight. His name changes, his life changes, his attitude changes; you will be called Israel. Then Jacob also asks the other, "Tell me your name." That does not reveal it to him, but instead he blesses it. And Jacob realizes that he has met God "face to face" (cf. vv. 30-31).
Fight with God: a metaphor for prayer. At other times Jacob had shown himself capable of dialoguing with God, of feeling him as a friendly and close presence. But on that night, through a struggle that lasts for a long time and that sees him almost succumbing, the patriarch comes out changed. Change of name, change of way of life and change of personality: he comes out changed. For once he is no longer master of the situation - his shrewdness is of no use -, he is no longer the strategist and calculating man; God brings him back to his mortal truth that trembles and is afraid, because Jacob was afraid in the struggle. For once, Jacob has nothing else to present to God than his frailty and powerlessness, even his sins. And this is itJacob to receive the blessing from God, with which he limps into the promised land: vulnerable, and vulnerable, but with a new heart. Once I heard an old man say - a good man, a good Christian, but a sinner who had so much faith in God - he said: “God will help me; will not leave me alone. I will go into heaven, limping, but I will enter. " Jacob was previously self-confident and trusted in his shrewdness. He was a man impervious to grace, refractory to mercy; he did not know what mercy was. "Here I am, I'm in charge!", He did not think he needed mercy. But God saved what was lost. He made him understand that he was limited, that he was a sinner who needed mercy and saved him.
We all have an appointment in the night with God, in the night of our life, in the many nights of our life: dark moments, moments of sins, moments of disorientation. There is an appointment with God, always. He will surprise us when we do not expect it, when we will find ourselves truly alone. On that same night, fighting against the unknown, we will become aware that we are only poor men - I allow myself to say "poor" - but, just then, when we feel "poor", we will not have to fear: because at that moment God will give us a new name, which contains the meaning of our whole life; it will change our hearts and give us the blessing reserved for those who let themselves be changed by Him. This is a nice invitation to let ourselves be changed by God. He knows how to do it, because he knows each of us. "Lord, you know me", each of us can say. “Lord, you know me. Change me ".
Je suis heureux de saluer les personnes de langue française. That the Seigneur vous comble de son esprit de force pour que vous sachiez fighting the bon combat de votre foi et qu'il vous accorde sa bénédiction qui vous transforme en des créatures nouvelles. A tous, je donne ma bénédiction!
[ I am happy to greet the French-speaking faithful. The Lord fill you with his Spirit of fortitude, so that you can fight the good fight of faith and be transformed into new creatures. My blessing to all! ]
I greet the English-speaking faithful joining us through the media. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord. May God bless you!
[ I greet the English-speaking faithful connected through social media. I invoke upon you and your families the joy and peace of the Lord .]
Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Brüder und Schwestern deutscher Sprache. Warten wir nicht darauf, dass die anderen sich ändern. Machen wir selbst den ersten Schritt, um ihnen zu begegnen, und der Herr wird gegenwärtig und macht uns zu Zeugen seiner Güte. Gott ist unser Licht und unser Heil!
[ I extend a cordial greeting to the German-speaking brothers and sisters. We do not wait for the others to change: we take the first step to meet them, and the Lord will make himself present and make us witnesses of his goodness. God is our light and our salvation! ]
I cordially greet a los fieles de lengua española, que siguen esta catequesis a través de los medios de comunicación social. Pidamos al Señor que nos dé la fortaleza para dejarnos sorprender por su mercericia, para aceptar nuestra fragilidad sin temor, sabiendo que, aunque sea de noche y estemos solos, fighting against the desconocido, Dios puede dar sentido a toda nuestra vida y regalarnos la bendición que reserva a quien se deja transformar por Él. Que Dios los bendiga.
Saúdo os ouvintes de língua portuguesa e convido-vos - na vigília da solenidade do Santíssimo Corpo e Sangue de Cristo - a olhar com confiança o vosso future em Deus, levando o fogo do seu amor ao mundo. Logo que vos seja possível, volta à adoração e à comunhão do Corpo do Senhor na Missa de preceito. It is a graça da Páscoa that frutifica na Eucaristia and que desejo abundante na vossa vida. Que Deus vos abençoe!
[ I greet the Portuguese-speaking listeners. On the eve of the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, I invite you to look confidently at your future in God, bringing the fire of his love into the world. As soon as possible, return to adoration and communion of the Body of the Lord in the precept Mass. It is the grace of Easter which bears fruit in the Eucharist and which makes our life fruitful. God bless you! ]
أحيي جميع المؤمنين الناطقين باللغة العربية ، المتابعين لهذه المقابلة عَبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي. إنّ صراع يعقوب مع ملاك الله هو صورة معبرة عن كيفية التمسك بالرّب بإيمان في أوقات التجارب. إن الرب يمنح بركته فقط لمن يؤمن ، ويتمسك بإيمانه. ليبارككم الربّ جميعًا ويحرسكم دائمًا من كل شر!
[ I greet the Arabic-speaking faithful who follow this audience through the social media. Jacob's struggle with the angel of God is an expressive image of how to cling to the Lord with faith in times of trial. The Lord gives His blessing to those who believe and cling to their faith. The Lord bless you all and always protect you from all evil! ]
Pozdrawiam serdecznie wszystkich Polaków. Wiem, że miesiąc czerwiec jest Wam szczególnie drogi, gdyż jest poświęcony Najświętszemu Sercu Jezusowemu. Boskiemu Sercu, napełnionemu pokojem i miłością możemy powierzyć wszystkie niepokoje naszych serc, oraz naszą miłość niedoskonałą. Z przebitego serca Zbawiciela wypływa dla całej Ludzkości, źródło wszelkiej pociechy i ocean Bożego Miłosierdzia. Niech Jezus, cichy i pokornego serca, uczyni nasze serca według serca Swego! Z serca Wam błogosławię.
[ I cordially greet all the Poles. The month of June, dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, is particularly felt among you. To the Divine Heart, full of peace and love, we can entrust all the anxieties of our hearts and our imperfect love. From the pierced heart of the Savior flows, for all humanity, the source of all consolation and the ocean of Divine Mercy. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts similar to His! I bless you from my heart .]
Next Friday, June 12, the World Day against the exploitation of child labor is celebrated, a phenomenon that deprives boys and girls of their childhood and that jeopardizes their integral development. In the current health emergency situation, in many countries many children and young people are forced to work inadequate for their age, to help their families in conditions of extreme poverty. In many cases, these are forms of slavery and imprisonment, with consequent physical and psychological suffering. We are all responsible for this.
I appeal to the institutions to put in place every effort to protect minors, filling the economic and social gaps that underlie the distorted dynamic in which they are unfortunately involved. Children are the future of the human family: we all have the task of promoting their growth, health and serenity!
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I greet the Italian-speaking faithful. Tomorrow is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi , Body and Blood of Christ. This year it is not possible to celebrate the Eucharist with public demonstrations, however we can achieve a "Eucharistic life". The consecrated host contains the person of Christ: we are called to look for him in front of the tabernacle in church, but also in that tabernacle which are the last, the suffering, the lonely and poor people. Jesus himself said so.
I address my thoughts to the elderly, young people, the sick and newlyweds. I urge everyone to find in the Eucharist the energies necessary to live difficult times with Christian fortitude.