15 May 2019
The word of God continued to spread and to gain followers. Barnabas and Saul completed their task and came back from Jerusalem, bringing John Mark with them.
In the church at Antioch the following were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. One day while they were offering worship to the Lord and keeping a fast, the Holy Spirit said, ‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart for the work to which I have called them.’ So it was that after fasting and prayer they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
So these two, sent on their mission by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. They landed at Salamis and proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; John acted as their assistant.
I, the light, have come into the world
Jesus declared publicly:
‘Whoever believes in me
believes not in me
but in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me,
sees the one who sent me.
I, the light, have come into the world,
so that whoever believes in me
need not stay in the dark any more.
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfully,
it is not I who shall condemn him,
since I have come not to condemn the world,
but to save the world.
He who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already:
the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.
For what I have spoken does not come from myself;
no, what I was to say,
what I had to speak,
was commanded by the Father who sent me,
and I know that his commands mean eternal life.
And therefore what the Father has told me
is what I speak.’
And therefore what the Father has told me is what I speak
The role of a voice recording is not to speak for itself but instead it is to faithfully transmit whatever the speaker has spoken. If the voice recording does not accurately reflect what was spoken, we would suspect of it being doctored. This is exactly what the Gospel of today is reminding us. As Christians, we are called to follow whatever God has called us to do.
The role of the Christian is to follow the identity of Christ. This means that we must learn how to surrender our will to God. This is not as easy as it seems because it requires the individual to realise that God is our creator. This means that we will need to learn how to acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses and allow God to take control of whatever we have in our midst.
Man loves to be in control. Uncertainty is unacceptable in this day and age. Yet God does not call us to a period of uncertainty but instead to trust in God. Trusting in God is not the easiest task to do but it does allow us to discover what it means to remain obedient to him. St Paul and Barnabas was obedient to the Holy Spirit’s direction to preach the word. This is also what we are called to do. As we continue with our daily lives, let us never forget to realign our lives back to God and yes, to submit to His will because God knows best.
(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray that we remain docile to the workings of your spirit in our lives.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for the many people who have shown us what it means to trust God.