Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Acts 11:19 -26 & John 10:22 -30
Barnabas, whose name means Son of Encouragement, was prayerfully voted in by the Apostles to replace Judas Iscariot, the
Son of Perdition. It was because he was a ‘good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith”. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 87, “all [his] springs were in God.” Barnabas received from God all his health, wealth and welfare. As a result he was one of those to whom Jesus referred to as one of his faithful ‘sheep’, one who lived into his belonging to the family of God; one who could not be ‘snatched’ out of the presence of God by evil. Was Barnabas perfect? Did he live without conflict? Not so, as the book of Acts relates in later chapters. However, he remained faithful, even to a martyr’s death by crucifixion. Am I like Barnabas, a good person, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and so firmly and safely held in the Jesus’ hand, in the hand of God our Father, beyond the reach of evil? Holy Spirit help me be a good woman/ man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.
May God be gracious and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. (Psalm 67)
Do not lose heart. Today’s defeat is training for the final victory.
St. Josemaria Escriva
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.