THURSDAY (June 11, 2020)
St. Barnabas, Apostle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“…behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:20b)
“But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them:… “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’” (Acts 2:14a, 22–28)
Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is our security and our hope. Though death was necessary—it was Christ’s seat of glory, death does not hold him. God loosened the death grip on Christ, raising him from the dead in order that we too might have new life, free from all of death’s entanglements.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Pauline this day, as she goes about the callings you have given to her. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle
Almighty God, Your faithful servant Barnabas sought not his own renown but gave generously of his life and substance for the encouragement of the apostles and their ministry. Grant that we may follow his example in lives given to charity and the proclamation of the Gospel; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.