Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-06-11 – Fr. Paschal

By | September 9, 2019


A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 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. VERBUM DOMINI DEO GRATIAS. THE LORD HAS REVEALED TO THE NATIONS HIS SAVING POWER. 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. 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. 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. 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. THE LORD HAS REVEALED TO THE NATIONS HIS SAVING POWER. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA GO AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, SAYS THE LORD; I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO.>>+ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM MATTHEUM GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>JESUS SAID TO THE TWELVE: “AS YOU GO, MAKE THIS PROCLAMATION: ‘THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND.’ CURE THE SICK, RAISE THE DEAD, CLEANSE THE LEPERS, DRIVE OUT DEMONS. WITHOUT COST YOU HAVE RECEIVED; WITHOUT COST YOU ARE TO GIVE. DO NOT TAKE GOLD OR SILVER OR COPPER FOR YOUR BELTS; NO SACK FOR THE JOURNEY, OR A SECOND TUNIC, OR SANDALS, OR WALKING STICK. THE LABORER DESERVES HIS KEEP. WHATEVER TOWN OR VILLAGE YOU ENTER, LOOK FOR A WORTHY PERSON IN IT, AND STAY THERE UNTIL YOU LEAVE. AS YOU ENTER A HOUSE, WISH IT PEACE. IF THE HOUSE IS WORTHY, LET YOUR PEACE COME UPON IT; IF NOT, LET YOUR PEACE RETURN TO YOU.” VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE ST. BARNABAS WHOSE FEAST WE CELEBRATE TODAY IS DESCRIBED AS A GOOD MAN FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH FAITH. IN A WAY THIS IS ALL OF OUR HOPE OUR TASK IN LIFE TO BE GOOD, AND FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FAITH AND ST. BARNABAS MEANS, THE NAME BARNABAS MEANS THIS SON OF ENCOURAGEMENT. THAT WAS HIS LAST NAME IN HEBREW. THE PREFIX BAR MEANS THE SON OF AND JESUS WHO IS CALLED THE CHRIST COULD BE BAR JOSEPH THE SON OF JOSEPH EVEN THOUGH HE WAS NOT ACTUALLY BUT BY ADOPTION HE IS THE SON OF JOSEPH. BARNABAS, THE SON OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND ALSO ANOTHER SIDE POINT BARABBAS THE SON OF THE FATHER WHEN JESUS IS IN HIS TRIAL AND THEY PUT BARABBAS AS THIS OTHER CRIMINAL SO THIS IS A DOUBLE MOCKERY BECAUSE JESUS IS TRULY THE BARABBAS. THE SON OF THE FATHER. HIS 1ST NAME IS JOSEPH WHICH MEANS MAY HE, MAY THE LORD. SO ST. BARNABAS HAD BEEN A LEVITE ON THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS AND WE FIND HIM 1ST IN ACTS CHAPTER 4 SELLING LAND AND GIVING THE ENTIRE PROCEEDS TO THE APOSTLES IN JERUSALEM. AT ANOTHER POINT IN THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES THERE IS ANOTHER COUNTEREXAMPLE OF THE MAN AND HIS WIFE WHO SELL THE LAND BUT THEY GIVE ONLY A PORTION TO THE APOSTLES AND THESE 2 ARE STRUCK DEAD. BARNABAS GIVES IT ALL TO THE APOSTLES AND WITH HIS COUSIN JOHN MARK EVENTUALLY WOULD JOIN PAUL ON HIS 1ST MISSIONARY JOURNEY BUT BEFORE THAT BARNABAS RECOGNIZES THE GIFTS OF SAUL AND BRINGS HIM TO ANTIOCH IN ORDER TO HELP IN THE PREACHING THERE AS WE HEARD IN THE 1ST AND THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. SO IN HIS PREACHING, ST. BARNABAS HAS A BEAUTIFUL GIFT, AND INSIGHT INTO THE GRACE OF GOD MOVING IN THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HEAR HIM THAT HE REJOICES IN THE PROVIDIAN GRACE IS THE GRACE THAT COMES BEFORE. CONVERSION BEFORE WHATEVER IT COMES BEFORE BEFORE I EVEN COME HERE AND START PREACHING GOD IS WORKING IN YOUR HEARTS AND SOULS. SO HE ENCOURAGES ENCOURAGEMENT COMES FROM THE ROOT IS SPEAKING TO THE HEART TO STRENGTHEN AND MAKES FIRM AND HEART AND TO REMAIN FIRM IN FAITH. ROMANS 5:5. THE LOVE OF GOD HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS AS THE SPIRIT GIVEN TO US. RECOGNIZING THE MOVEMENT OF CHARITY IN THE WORKINGS OF LOVE AND WITHOUT CHARITY IN THE HEART, FAITH DOES NOT SAVE US. CHARITY MAKES OUR HEART WARM AND FIRM. OPEN TO THE GRACE OF GOD. OF COURSE THAT IS THE GRACE OF GOD WORKING WITH IN US. AS OUR LORD SAYS WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING. IF YOU LOVE ME I WILL LOVE YOU AND THE FATHER WILL LOVE YOU AND WE WILL COME TO DWELL IN YOU. I WILL SEND THE SPIRIT AND THE SPIRIT AND THE LOVE OF GOD POURED INTO OUR HEARTS. SO TRUE APOSTLE BEGINS WITH CONVERSION OF SELF. BARNABAS DOES NOT JUST START GOING OUT AS PAUL GOING OUT TO THE NATIONS. BUT HE SELLS AND GIVES ALL AND THEN HAS A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION. BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. WE CANNOT GIVE WHAT WE DO NOT HAVE. IT DOES NOT SAY THAT PAUL BEGINS PREACHING IMMEDIATELY BUT THERE IS TIME HE GOES AWAY IN PRAYER. AFTER SOME TIME BARNABAS BEGINS MISSIONARY WORK. AND IN SPIRITUAL MATURITY IS ABLE TO SEE THE WORK OF GOD IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. IN OUR IMMATURITY WE JUST GO AHEAD AND START PREACHING AND SLAMMING THE BOOK. BEING ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF GOD IN PEOPLE’S LIFE IS A GREAT GIFT AND A WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ITSELF BUT A WORK OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY. HE BRINGS PAUL TO ANTIOCH THE PLACE WHERE THE BELIEVERS WERE 1ST CALLED CHRISTIANS. ANOINTED IN CHRIST WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. SAUL ALSO, A GREAT APOSTLE, NEEDS THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF BARNABAS, THE ONE WHO RECOGNIZES THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS THAT SAUL HAD FOR PREACHING. AND IN TIME HE BEGAN TO BE CALLED PAUL. EVEN THE HOLY SPIRIT SAID SET APART PAUL AND BARNABAS FOR THE WORK I HAVE THEM. BUT BARNABAS HAD RECOGNIZED TO THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THE GIFTS THAT PAUL HAD. THE HOLY SPIRIT SETS HIM APART FOR A SPECIAL WORK OF ENCOURAGEMENT BUILDING UP THE BODY OF CHRIST. HERE IN THE DIOCESE OF BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA IN PROXIMITY TO US BOTH IN LOCATION AND IN HEART TO THE FRIARS IS THE PARISH OF ST. BARNABAS AND FOR SOME TIME THE FRIARS COVERED THE MASSES THERE AND WE STILL HELP OUT OFTEN BUT WE SPENT A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME WITH THIS PASTOR MSGR. O’CONNOR WHO IS CELEBRATING 65 YEARS OF ORDINATION THIS YEAR AND WE ASK FOR PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING FOR HIM WHO IS HIMSELF A SON OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND ESPECIALLY FOR HIS HEALTH AT THIS TIME. ST. BARNABAS TEACHES US TO BE DOCILE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND ATTENTIVE TO THE WORK OF GRACE. WE NEVER AFFIRM PEOPLE IN SIN BUT WE CAN LOOK TO THOSE GOOD THINGS AND ENCOURAGE THEM AND THE GOOD THAT THEY HAVE WITHIN THEM. WHEN ONE VIRTUE GROWS ALL VIRTUES GROW. BUT CHRISTIANITY IS NOT IN A SENSE A SIMPLE OR STATIC MOLD OF JUST THINGS WE DO AND THINGS WE SAY OR TENANTS TO BE DONE. CHRISTIANITY IS THE EXPERIENCE OF A PERSON. OF 3 PERSONS. ENTRANCE AND LIVING THE LIFE OF THE TRINITY. FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. THAT WE BECOME IN BAPTISM CHILDREN OF THE HEART OF GOD. WE BECOME ENCOURAGED. WE ARE GIVEN A NEW HEART. THAT THIS LAW WHICH IS LOVE IS PLANTED INTO OUR HEARTS. SO THAT EXPERIENCE OF GOD, GOD WHO HAS ALREADY CREATED US FOR HIM BUT THAT EXPERIENCE LEADS US AND IMPELS US THROUGH CHARITY TO LIVE THOSE WORKS, TO HOLD IN FAITH AND HOPE THOSE TENANTS WHICH ARE THE EXPRESSION OF THE EXPERIENCE OF GOD. IT IS WORKING IN OUR LIVES. SO IF OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE IS SURFACE-Y AND DOES NOT REACH THE HEART IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE TRUE ENCOURAGERS. BUT IF WE ARE SCRIPTURE SAYS TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER WHILE IT IS TODAY AND SAY THE GOOD THINGS THAT MEN REALLY NEED TO HEAR THAT WILL BUILD THEM UP, AT TIMES THIS DOES MEAN SAYING THE HARD THING. KINDLY, GENTLY AND FIRMLY LEAD PEOPLE AWAY FROM SIN BECAUSE IF THE ROOT IS ROTTEN, TRIMMING THE BRANCHES WILL NOT BEAR FRUIT. WE HAVE TO CUT OFF THE BRANCH, THE GOOD AND GRAFT IT ONTO JESUS AND CONNECT PEOPLE TO THE VINE WHO IS CHRIST AND THAT IS WHERE THE FRUITFULNESS COMES WITH. WITHOUT HIM WE CAN DO NOTHING. WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO WHAT GOD IS SAYING. TO BE ATTENTIVE TO THE ACTION OF GRACE IN EACH 1 WE MEET. SO WE PRAY FOR THE INTERCESSION OF ST. BARNABAS THAT WE WOULD BE TRULY GOOD, FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT IN FAITH AND EFFECTIVE WITNESSES TO THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF HEART WE HAVE IN CHRIST.

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