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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2014-06-11:

  • Saint Barnabas, the Apostle 2014:


    Acts 11:21b-26;13:1-3

    In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
    The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
    and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
    When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
    he rejoiced and encouraged them all
    to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
    for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.
    And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
    Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
    and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch.
    For a whole year they met with the Church
    and taught a large number of people,
    and it was in Antioch that the disciples
    were first called Christians.

    Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
    Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger,
    Lucius of Cyrene,
    Manaen who was a close friend of 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."
    Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
    they laid hands on them and sent them off.


    Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6

    R. (see 2b)  The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song;sing praise.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.


    Mt 5:1-12

    When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
    and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
    He began to teach them, saying:

    "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are they who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the land.
    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be satisfied.
    Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    Blessed are the clean of heart,
    for they will see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
    and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
    Rejoice and be glad,
    for your reward will be great in heaven.
    Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you."


    Ordinary Time.


    1 Kgs 18:20-39

    Ahab sent to all the children of Israel
    and had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel.

    Elijah appealed to all the people and said,
    "How long will you straddle the issue?
    If the LORD is God, follow him;if Baal, follow him."
    The people, however, did not answer him.
    So Elijah said to the people,
    "I am the only surviving prophet of the LORD,
    and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal.
    Give us two young bulls.
    Let them choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood,
    but start no fire.
    I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood,
    but shall start no fire.
    You shall call on your gods, and I will call on the LORD.
    The God who answers with fire is God."
    All the people answered, "Agreed!"

    Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal,
    "Choose one young bull and prepare it first,
    for there are more of you.
    Call upon your gods, but do not start the fire."
    Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it
    and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying,
    "Answer us, Baal!"
    But there was no sound, and no one answering.
    And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.
    When it was noon, Elijah taunted them:
    "Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating,
    or may have retired, or may be on a journey.
    Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened."
    They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears,
    as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.
    Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state
    until the time for offering sacrifice.
    But there was not a sound;
    no one answered, and no one was listening.

    Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me."
    When the people had done so, he repaired the altar of the LORD
    that had been destroyed.
    He took twelve stones, for the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob,
    to whom the LORD had said, "Your name shall be Israel."
    He built an altar in honor of the LORD with the stones,
    and made a trench around the altar
    large enough for two measures of grain.
    When he had arranged the wood,
    he cut up the young bull and laid it on the wood.
    "Fill four jars with water," he said,
    "and pour it over the burnt offering and over the wood."
    "Do it again," he said, and they did it again.
    "Do it a third time," he said,
    and they did it a third time.
    The water flowed around the altar,
    and the trench was filled with the water.

    At the time for offering sacrifice,
    the prophet Elijah came forward and said,
    "LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
    let it be known this day that you are God in Israel
    and that I am your servant
    and have done all these things by your command.
    Answer me, LORD!
    Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God
    and that you have brought them back to their senses."
    The LORD's fire came down
    and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust,
    and it lapped up the water in the trench.
    Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said,
    "The LORD is God! The LORD is God!"


    Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab and 8, 11

    R. (1b) Keep me safe, O God;you are my hope.
    Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."
    R. Keep me safe, O God;you are my hope.
    They multiply their sorrows
    who court other gods.
    Blood libations to them I will not pour out,
    nor will I take their names upon my lips.
    R. Keep me safe, O God;you are my hope.
    O LORD, my allotted portion and cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R. Keep me safe, O God;you are my hope.
    You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
    R. Keep me safe, O God;you are my hope.


    Mt 5:17-19

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
    I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
    Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
    not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
    will pass from the law,
    until all things have taken place.
    Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
    and teaches others to do so
    will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
    But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
    will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."

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