DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Acts 11:19-26, Psalm 87: 1-7, John 10:22-30
My Beloved, we see how persecution of Christians led to the spread of the faith. As the believers went to neighboring places taking the Good News with them they made new disciples just as You had commanded. When we ourselves are persecuted, let us not look at it negatively but allow God's work to be fulfilled through us.
The Church in Antioch would soon flourish as new disciples came to know the one, true God and You whom He had sent. One sure sign that a church is validly founded is when it is united to Holy Mother Church. The Apostles sent Barnabas to find out if all the wonderful stories they heard from Antioch were true and it was.
What a fine testimonial of character to have as the one Barnabas had. Verse 24 says of him, "he himself was a good man filled with Holy Spirit and faith." He and Paul who once was Saul and a great enemy of the Church formed a great team as they preached the Good News and spread the Kingdom of God wherever they went.
Psalm 87: 1-7
All God's children are born in Holy Mother Church. They are fed by her, instructed by her, are sent out into the world from her with the same mission - to preach the Bridegroom and the Good News that He has saved us and won for us eternal life..
My Beloved, it is almost 3 years since your public ministry and still the Jews doubt. This is why You said that they were not Your sheep. Those who believe are the ones that recognize You because they belong to You. Your voice is dear and familiar to those whom You call by name and they follow You wherever You may lead. They may not know where You are leading them but it is enough that You are ahead of them. Eternal life is Your promise to Your sheep. No harm will come to those who belong to You for they have been entrusted to You by the Father Himself.
You are One with the Father and we are one in You and so we too are one in You with the Father and the Holy Spirit.