June 9, 2021

Today’s reading is from Acts 13: 1-3. In these verses we find Paul and Barnabas being called by God from the church in Antioch. As we read these verses, ask yourself what it means to be sent instead of leaving.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Is there an imminent transition in your life? As we read the verses again, ask yourself, “How might I be sent by my faith community instead of simply starting something new alone?”

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

As we close this reflection let me encourage you to take a minute or two in silence before you move on with your day. Ask God to open your eyes and ears to his presence in this scripture passage, and in the events of your day.

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