Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection June 11, 2024


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R/. The Lord has shown his deliverance to the nations.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. Go and make disciples of all nations, says the Lord I am with you always, to the end of the age.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to his apostles, “proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the labourer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

1.      Today we keep the memory of Saint Barnabas. He was so prominent in the early church in the spread of the faith, at times almost on par with the apostles. He is reported as a “good man, full of Holy Spirit and faith”, “set apart by the Holy Spirit” for specific missions, and who “rejoiced over the working of God’s grace and encouraged others to remain steadfast in the firmness of heart”.

2.      Quite rightly, he receives the mission mandate of Jesus in the gospel and accomplishes it. He does not acquire gold, silver or copper. He carries no bag. Neither does he hold two tunics or sandals or staff. This implies that he is not attached to worldly possessions. He is not greedy and does not accumulate worldly things. He does not depend on them as a means of security and guarantee.

3.      In season and out of season, he went on proclaiming the gospel of Christ. He was undaunted and undeterred even amidst all trials and persecutions. As in the case of the other Apostles, nothing could intimidate him or reduce his spirit and dedication.

4.      Steered by the power of the risen Lord and the light of the Holy Spirit, he went on “healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, and casting out demons”. Perhaps, special miracles by him may not be reported. But certainly, he was transmitting inner, spiritual healing; he was cleansing the hearts with repentance; driving out the evil forces and thus raising others to a new life of Christ, a renewed being in the mould of Christ.

5.      This is the same portrait of any true disciple and apostle of Christ. We need to be personally close to the Lord and passionately love him. We need to be full of the Holy Spirit. We too should be docile to be set apart by the Holy Spirit for the mission of the Lord. We must be aglow with zeal and charity to encourage and strengthen others as well in the love and service of the Master.

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