Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Happy Feast of St. Barnabas!
In today’s first reading we see a bit about the man who’s feast we celebrate today, Barnabas. Barnabas has been set apart as an Apostle of the Lord. Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that there are two essential elements to following Our Lord as an apostle: being with and being sent. In the immortal words of Frank Sinatra, you can’t have one without the other. Each is a key ingredient for apostolic living.
One cannot engage in ministry, in the work of the church, in evangelization if you don’t know Our Lord, if you’re not a friend of Jesus, if you don’t have a real, true, personal, actual relationship with the Divine Master. On the flip side, Our Lord does not call followers simply to live with him, abide with him, and never engage others in the work of building up the kingdom. Even the contemplative religious orders of the Church are “sent” in this sense. The Gospel is never for personal fulfillment. The kerygma is not a self-help book. It’s never just for me. To be an apostle is to be with Jesus and to be sent. Barnabas was set apart in this way and so are you.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Do you know Jesus? How can your relationship with Him be better? How is Jesus calling you to Him?
Where is Jesus sending you? Where are you being called on mission?
What is holding you back from being an apostle?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I love you Lord."
"I want to follow you Jesus."
"Send me out."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
How are you being called to be an apostle today? Where is the Lord sending you on mission? Put aside your fear and follow St. Barnabas out into the mission field! St. Barnabas pray for us!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Jon Bakkelund, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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