We, too, can live generously. When Barnabas encountered Jesus, he laid down his life in service to our Lord. Barnabas allowed Jesus to reign in his finances, time, and trusted Him with his future. He journeyed with Paul planting churches all over the known world as a missionary. You and I are also called to such commitment to Christ.
Yet our doing so does not come out of a sense of duty, but like Barnabas, out of a desire to grow in relationship with God. Make times to know God more deeply and to grow in relationship with Him this coming school year. We will be launching our Growth Groups this September once more to assist you toward that end. These groups are places to not only encounter the love of God, but also of fellow Christians.
I recall one story that emerged from one of last year’s groups, wherein God forged a relationship between a mother and a young adult. The mother had angst over the study they were doing as it explored the big questions of the Faith. She shared that the study was what she was struggling with in her own home as her teenage daughter was navigating those very questions. The young adult was able to reassure her that the foundation the mother had built in the Faith would bear much fruit in the future, as she could attest to from her own life. Both women came from two different generations and walks of life, yet God bound them together through this Growth Group. Relationships were formed and continued through that touch point in community during the week.
I would urge you to not only make time in your schedule for a Growth Group this year, but also begin to pray now for someone you could invite who would be blessed as these women were. Be a Barnabas in someone’s life, an encourager to them. You may consider picking them up, or taking them to coffee to debrief after, or to meet for dinner before. Pray now about someone you could invite and invest in this coming year that is not plugged into a church, someone disconnected from the Church or who has yet to encounter it. Further in your own discipleship journey while asking someone to join you.
As you do so, remember that at heart of discipleship lies worship. Coming this fall we will also have a few new opportunities for and in worship. Our midweek Mass will move from Friday mornings to Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. starting in September. Likewise, on the second Sunday of each month we will begin to offer anointing and prayer for body, mind, or spirit after worship. More to come on both in the months ahead, but I wanted to share them with you as we look ahead.
Join me in beginning to pray, order, and structure your life around God’s purposes for you both now and next fall and school year. May what is said in Acts of Barnabas be true of us as members of a church that bears his name; he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith (Acts 11:24).