HOMILY OF TUESDAY 10TH WEEK OF THE ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B

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HOMILY OF TUESDAY 10TH WEEK OF THE ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B

HOMILY THEME: BE AN ENCOURAGER

BY: Fr. Karabari Paul

‘…he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose’ (Acts 11:23).

Today is the feast of St Barnabas, and the First Reading (Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3) reveals his character as an encourager. But did you know that ‘Barnabas’ means ‘son of encouragement’? And he was true to his name.

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Antioch had experienced a great harvest as many Gentiles as well as Jews were converted to Christ. The leaders of the church in Jerusalem got this report and were worried that the mixture of Jewish and Gentile Christians could create problems unless someone of mature judgement was sent to encourage them. Being proactive right? You don’t just ask for God’s blessing. You must also pray for the right attitude to handle it.

And Barnabas, son of encouragement, was sent. He encouraged Christians to be true to the Lord. He urged them to be faithful despite ridicule “with a firm resolve of the heart”.

Sometimes, life throws different unpleasant things at us. We need to encourage one another. We all know that the words we say have an impact on those around us. If we are speaking negative words, we can create a negative atmosphere around us. But if we are speaking positivity, we can encourage others. The Bible tells us to ‘encourage one another and build each other up’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11). How we speak to others will determine what sort of relationship we will have with them. If people are always rude to us or lie to us, we are not likely to stay around long. And it’s the same the other way round. We need to let our conversations with others be ‘always full of grace, seasoned with salt.’ The words we speak come out of how we feel.

More importantly, someone’s situation can change when they listen to the right voice of encouragement. Barnabas was just the right person to go to Antioch. You can equally be the right person to encourage someone in your family, church, or community. You can be that very channel of God’s love to someone almost giving up on life. And this doesn’t just apply to our words to others. How we speak to, and about, ourselves is really important too. We need to be speaking God’s truth over ourselves. We need to encourage ourselves and show grace to ourselves when we make mistakes. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God have mercy on us, heal our world, bless and protect us all through Christ Our Lord Amen. Good morning.

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