The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Reflection (Sem. Rolly Teng):
“Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near.” Our Gospel for today speaks about the sending of Jesus’ disciples. He instructed them to heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the leper and drive out demons. This was actually multiplying the goodness that Jesus did in to the people of Israel. Through the works of the disciples the people had known that they were sent by Jesus.
The Gospel invites us to reflect on the kind of relationship and life that we live. We are all called and sent by our heavenly Father to this world to be like Jesus. To become an instrument of God’s goodness and love to other people. God has given us all His graces and blessings to extend this mission to our brothers and sisters but the challenge is… have we done our part? What have we become in multiplying the goodness of Jesus in the situation where we live? How did we serve God through other people? How did we proclaim the Kingdom of God?
As we journey in this world, simple acts of kindness, concern and gestures will already matter for us to become an instrument of God’s love to other fellowmen. Doing what is right for the good of the community such as being a good public servant, doing our job well in the daily routine of our work, studying well to learn new things as a student, and working for the common good of the community that will trickle down to the less fortunate members of our society are only some of the simple but meaningful ways on how can we respond to the call of Jesus in proclaiming His message of love, compassion and healing.
For it is when we truly respond to the call of Jesus to proclaim His message of love… that genuine happiness and peace will reign and remain in our lives amidst life’s challenges and difficulties.