June 11, St. Barnabas, Apostle
The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. — Psalm 98 (see 2)
Mass Readings: Acts 11:21b-26;13:1-3/Matthew 5:13-16
It’s not surprising that after a decade of editing My Daily Visitor some mediations are variations on the same theme and some quotes pop up time and time again. I think the most common is one attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach often, when necessary use words.” It’s good advice even if its authorship is historically unclear.
That Christ’s message in today’s Gospel: “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Not so they see you. Not so they “glorify” you. Others — spouse, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers — are watching. They notice more of what you do than they remember what you say. A light is silent. A light is powerful, warm, and inviting, especially in a dark, dark world.
Prayer: Oh Lord, help me do what You say and say less about what I do.
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