Barnabus and the Beatitudes

 
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Memorial of St. Barnabus, Apostle, based on Acts 11:21-26, Matthew 5:1-12

Acts 11:21-26

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 “Christians.”

Matthew 5:1-12

  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:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  “Blessed 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.

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Joan Bukrey, O.S.F.

About Joan Bukrey, O.S.F.

Since 1989 Joan Bukrey , OSF has been a full time preacher with the Thomas More Center in Webster, WI . As part of the team, she travels with Mike Champlin, OP and Nick Punch, OP (Central Province) giving parish missions in USA, Australia and New Zealand. Joan is a member of The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in Milwaukee, WI. Her background includes teaching, parish work, adult formation and now preaching. She has a Masters degree in religious studies from St. Louis, University. She was born and raised in St. Paul, MN USA.

One thought on “Barnabus and the Beatitudes

  1. Excellent…thanks for the challenge to be grateful for the blessings the Christ through the Beatitudes calls us to….well explained. God bless…..

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