Homily for Tuesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Intention for the Day: Prayer for people of encouragement and support to increase among the community. Amen.
By: Fr. Cyril Akindele Osadare
Homily for Tuesday, June 11 2019
Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle. Readings: Acts 11:21b-26; 12:1-3; Matthew 5:13-16
Whenever there is a point of controversy, often we see people gathering to protest or disagree but when you ask people to talk one by one, often you don’t see anyone standing to talk. It’s really not easy to focus attention on a particular person except that individual has distinguished himself as a worthy person or else the person would like to hide in the crowd.
Our focus this day is on Barnabas, originally named josef but nicknamed Barnabas meaning son of encouragement because that is what he uses his life to do. In the first reading, Barnabas was chosen to go the Antioch church and he encouraged them and not just that he went to look for Paul who he encouraged and became a leader as well. In the gospel, Jesus want us to be salt and light to spice up and lighten people’s life.
My dear friends, what do you stand for. If we put a searchlight on you, what can we say about you. The salt has no alternative, no salt in a food, the whole will know and when there is no light, no alternative. If there was no barnabas, there will be no Paul. We need a character like you and like no other other. What you are called to do as an individual can’t be shared or pushed on another.
Let each of us do something for progress and growth. May the Lord help us to contribute our own to the growth of our community. Amen.