Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012: (St. Barnabas)
Jesus said: “My people, the life of an evangelist is not easy, as you have read the accounts of St. Paul and St. Barnabas in the Acts of the Apostles. You have seen for yourself how you have to manage all the difficulties of traveling in your air travel, driving, and setting up meetings and accommodations. At times you may miss flights, or you may have problems with your luggage. But there is a joy in bringing souls to Me that makes all of your sufferings worth your efforts. Rejoice that you have been called to help save souls. Keep in mind that when you are taking souls away from the demons, that you should be prepared to do battle with the evil spirits. Wear your blessed sacramentals for protection, and call on Me and My angels to assist you in any demonic attacks. You may even see some resistance to your evangelizing efforts from the authorities, or from some who do not want strangers telling them how to follow Me. When you do your work for Me among the people, I will reward your efforts, even if you have to wait until after your death.”

Jesus said: “My people, you have been celebrating the feast day of St. Barnabas who was a missionary, and he worked with St. Paul. These disciples of Mine were instrumental in bringing many souls to the faith, especially among the Gentiles. I told My disciples that I came as a man to serve, and not to be served. I also told them that those who desire to be leaders, must serve the rest. At the Last Supper I washed all the feet of My apostles, and I did this to give Myself as an example of how they should serve My people. Helping to save souls is your most important work, but there are many ways in which you can serve people with your good works. You can help serve food at your meetings, and you can feed the poor and the hungry at food shelves or at soup suppers. You can help people by finding apartments to rent for the poor. You can serve by visiting the sick and the elderly. You can even attend funerals to help those who are mourning for their relatives who died. You can also pray for others who are suffering sickness, or those who are seeking employment. By helping to serve other people, you are serving Me and your neighbor out of love.”