The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called â€œChristians.â€
Â When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
â€œBlessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Â â€œBlessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Â â€œBlessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Â â€œBlessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Â â€œBlessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Â â€œBlessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Â â€œBlessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Â â€œBlessed are those who are persecuted for righteousnessâ€™ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Â â€œBlessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.