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昨天晚上翻圣经的时候,刚巧读的就是有关 Barnabas 的部分~
今天又刚巧看到这一篇~ 觉得写得很不错,就分享一下~

Barnabas’ invitation to Paul changed the history of the Church and the world. Our invitation of others may do the same.

St. Barnabas is one of the most important figures in the history of the early Church and among the least appreciated.

Early in the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke tells us that his real name was Joseph, but the apostles nicknamed him Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement.”

It could have been because he had sold a field he owned and laid the proceeds at the apostles’ feet, an obvious sign of his total commitment to Christ and total trust in the apostles Christ had chosen to lead the early Church. Such a gesture, common among the first disciples, would have certainly inspired the other members of the burgeoning Church.

But the nickname was an excellent summary of his entire personality, for he was someone who gave others courage, who believed in them, who filled them to respond to God with enthusiasm.

We see this especially in his interaction with St. Paul. Without Barnabas’ intervention, Paul likely would have remained, lived and died a tent-maker in Tarsus. Instead, because of Barnabas’ interventions, Paul was able to become the greatest missionary in the history of the Church.

It was Barnabas who was the catalyst for bringing Paul out of obscurity, making him his collaborator, vouching for him with the leaders and members of the Church who didn’t trust him because of his murderous past, and launching him on the trajectory that led to his founding so many Churches across the ancient world.

As we saw in last week’s readings and reflections, after his conversion, Paul immediately began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, announcing that he was the Messiah and Son of God.

As he began to annihilate the Damascene Jews in debates, several of the vanquished conspired to have him assassinated, watching out for him at the city gates to murder him. Paul and the other disciples heard about the plot, however, and lowered him outside the city walls in a basket to escape.

So Paul went to Jerusalem where he tried to join the disciples, live the Christian life and help wherever he could. St. Luke tells us, however, that sadly “they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.” The disciples didn’t want to have anything to do with him.

They were all terrified of him because of the way he used to terrorize their community, presiding over the stoning of St. Stephen, ripping the believers out of their homes and bringing them before the religious courts, and even getting an order to go to Damascus and bring back the Christians in chains. They likely thought that his celebrated conversion was a ruse just so that Paul could infiltrate the Christians, get to know them and where they live, and finish the job of wiping them out that he had previously worked so hard to achieve

The members of the Church in Jerusalem, apostles and disciples, didn’t believe yet in the power of God’s amazing grace that could save a sinner like Paul.

They didn’t believe that God convert a murderer of Christians into a maker of Christians.

They didn’t believe that God could change someone who used to rip Christians from their homes to one who would help form Christian homes.

They couldn’t see how someone who had presided over the stoning of St. Stephen would eventually become someone who himself would be stoned because of his building his life on the stone rejected by the builders who had become the cornerstone of his life.

That’s the first time Barnabas, the son of encouragement, intervened. It’s not hard to imagine how abandoned Paul must have felt after the Jerusalem Church’s rejection: the vast majority of his own people likely looked on him as a traitor, some of his former teammates in the extirpation of Christians were now coming after him, and the Christians, whom he had hoped to fill with joy at the news of his conversion, wanted no part of him.

Seeing the situation of Paul the Pariah, Barnabas acted, for Paul and for the Church. He wasn’t going to let what the Lord had done on the road to Damascus go to waste. So he went to find Paul and then, St. Luke tells us, “took him by the hand and brought him to the apostles, declaring to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.”

Barnabas told Paul’s conversion story to the other members of the Church of Jerusalem – which shows that obviously he had heard it step-by-step from Paul before. He also passed on how Paul after his conversion was doing more to spread the faith than many of those who were timidly hovering in Jerusalem.

Because of Barnabas’ action, encouragement, and personal recommendation, the Church of Jerusalem welcomed him. From that moment, Paul started to do in Jerusalem the same things he had done in Damascus, and “speak out boldly in the name of the Lord.”

He debated both Jews and Greeks. Once again, however, the Jewish leaders plotted to kill him for persuading people to Christianity – just as the Sanhedrin had done to Jesus and Saul himself had tried done to Stephen and other members of the early Church.

So the disciples took him down to Caesarea by the Sea and sent him home to Tarsus. Fearing for Paul’s life, the Church in Jerusalem decided to rush him down to Caesarea and send him home to Tarsus. It’s possible that Paul was rashly looking for a quick martyrdom in expiation for all the lives he had taken previously, but the Church, especially Barnabas, didn’t want the one chosen by the Lord to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles to have his mission as a Christian evangelist cut short prematurely. It’s probable that Barnabas accompanied Paul down to the sea to send Paul home and he likely encouraged him to get ready for what would come later.

Later came rather soon. After the Church in Jerusalem had heard of how many converts were entering the Church in Antioch, they sent Barnabas to encourage them “to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart” and guide them into a deeper grasp of the Gospel.

St. Luke tells us today that his preaching and exhortation only served to make more converts. They all regarded him as a “good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.” Barnabas did not have the time to guide them all and needed other expert help. Rather than assuming the arduous task of training others to be teachers or going back to Jerusalem to find help, he traveled to Tarsus to find Paul and bring him back to Antioch. Barnabas knew Paul was ready. And so he asked him to leave his tent-making behind and come with him to make temples of the Holy Spirit. Paul agreed.

And they headed to Antioch where “for a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people,” forming them in the love of the Lord in such a way that it the disciples for the first time were called “little Christs,” or “Christians.”

It was after that year’s worth of hard work tilling the soil of souls in Syria that the Holy Spirit spoke while the Church was worshipping the Lord and fasting and said, “Set apart from me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” And that’s when the two of them began the first of the great missionary journeys in Church history, implanting the Gospel across Asia Minor. The rest is, in a sense, history.

Little did Barnabas know that when he put his own reputation on the line for Paul before the Apostles in Jerusalem, when he went to Tarsus to ask for help, what the Holy Spirit would later do. All he did was encourage and invite. The Lord did the rest.

A similar thing happened with Andrew. After he met the Messiah, he ran to his brother Simon explaining that he had found the Messiah and brought his brother to meet Jesus. And when Jesus met Simon, he told him that he would change his name to the Aramaic word for Rock (Peter in English), and build his Church on him. All Andrew made was the introduction. God did the rest.

This brings us one of the central realities that we must ponder and live during this Year of Faith: are we men and women of similar encouragement, enthusiastically trying to inspire others to grow in faith, to come more deeply into their friendship with Christ, inviting them and facilitating for them to use the gifts God has given them to share in the work of spreading the faith?

The Church today needs many more Barnabases, men and women who aren’t afraid to encourage to share their work, to stick up for others when others don’t think they’re capable or qualified, to invite them to collaborate in the joyful duty of passing on the Good News to others. This is one of the most important things in the New Evangelization that is supposed to flow from the Year of Faith.

Just as in ancient Antioch, so today, there aren’t enough laborers in the Lord’s vineyard to attend to the ripe fruit on the vine. There are so many sheep in the Lord’s fold who need good shepherds to care for them, not to mention so many sheep who have wandered from the fold who need those acting in the person of the Good Shepherd to leave the 99 behind and go out in search for them.

It’s something that Pope Francis can’t do all by himself. It’s something that the bishops united with him can’t do by themselves. It’s something that all the priests of the world can’t do together. It’s something that all the missionaries, religious, and consecrated people can’t do. It’s something for which even all the catechists together with clergy and religious can’t do.

It’s something for which we’re all needed. Today Barnabas, that “good man filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith,” on behalf of God comes to us as he did to Saul in Tarsus to encourage us to get involved.

Let’s open ourselves to respond as Paul and Barnabas did, so that through us, as God did through them, others may hear the echo of the Good Shepherd’s voice and feel the warmth of his sacrificial love, guiding them to the verdant pastures where, as Jesus tells us in the Gospel, he seeks to give us eternal repose.

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Father Roger Landry is pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Fall River, MA and national chaplain of Catholic Voices USA. His homilies and articles are found on catholicpreaching.com.

文章来源:http://www.catholic.org/homily/yearoffaith/story.php?id=50628

所以得到的结论是
If I do not do this, I am not worthy to be called your friend.

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昨天亲眼目睹了一个滑稽的场景~

话说,在租屋楼下,我和一个马来妇女一起入了电梯~
我记得非常清楚,她进了电梯后按了7楼~

25秒过后,电梯来到7楼~
电梯门开后,我们看见电梯门前的走廊上有两个马来少男少女在调脚踏车的不懂什么东西~
他们看起来像是兄妹或姐弟之类的,总之就是一家人啦~
但奇怪的是,刚刚按了7楼的马来妇女不但不踏出电梯,反而在电梯里对那少男少女说话:
“eh, what are you both doing here arr???” (一副逮到什么的口吻)

我心想~ 这位阿姨好奇怪哦~ 到了自己的楼层怎么不出去,反而继续站在电梯里和电梯外的人说话?
她难道不知道已经到 7 楼了吗?我需要提醒她吗?已经到她刚刚所按的 7 楼了~

就当我在困扰时,那少男少女满脸疑惑的问该名马来妇女:
“Mak, kenapa tak keluar???” –>(妈,怎么不出来?)
那马来妇女好想被这问题吓了一跳,赶紧问:
“sini tingkat berapa??” –〉(这里几楼?)
那马来少年少女忍俊不禁,大笑起来:
“hahahahah… tujuh!” –〉(哈哈哈哈… 7!)

哈哈哈! 真是太好笑了~
我都差点儿忍不住大声笑出来了!

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在路上偶尔都会看见背着海绵宝宝书包的小朋友~
觉得那书包真的好可爱~
如果我比现在年轻 20岁,那么我也要背~

看着那些背着海绵宝宝书包的小孩,
不禁让我开始想,在众多卡通中,
那家长为什么选择了海绵宝宝的书包呢?而不是其他卡通?
是因为有意识或无意识的希望孩子的学习能力像海绵一样吗?
也许是我想太多了,也许纯粹是因为小孩喜欢海绵宝宝~
但派大星也很可爱啊,怎么就不怎么看见小孩背着派大星的书包呢?
算了算了!还是不要纠结在这个问题上~

来谈谈所谓的“海绵般的学习能力”~
人家总是说小孩的大脑就像一块海绵,
有很强的吸收能力,
但,不知道是否有忘记一点~
就是~ 海绵的吸收能力虽然强~
但是,随便拧一下,刚刚所吸收的水分全都会瞬间消失~

hmm… 本篇纯属胡言乱语~

在此顺便附上海绵宝宝和派大星的玉照各一枚~

spongebob

patrick

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幼稚的姐姐?

话说呢,我家有个 B~
(*备注:B,即 baby 的简称,就是比我小 10 岁的妹妹)

前不久计划了台湾旅游,于是便很兴奋的问我们家的 B:
“B,我过不久要去台湾了也~ 我到台湾的时候寄美丽的明信片给你好不好?这样的话,你就可以向你的朋友炫耀了也~ 好不好?好不好?”

结果,我们家的 B 冷静的回复我:
“姐,我才不要做那么幼稚的事呢~ 如果姐姐送我礼物,我就到处去炫耀,这样子的话,别人一定会觉得我是个幼稚的 baby~ 姐姐送我东西,我自己开心的收着就可以了啊~”

听了她的话,我想象了一下那种场景,那样的行为好像真的有点儿幼稚~
被她这么一说,我怎么倒成了个幼稚的姐姐了~

啊~ 常常忘记我们家的 B 长大了~
如今已经是个 14岁的小姑娘了~ 不再是我记忆中的那个 baby 了~
回想10年前,我每天放学后回到家时,无论电视正在播着的节目有多精彩,总有个小不点急急忙忙的帮我送来钥匙,然后很开心的叫:“姐~~~”

原来那段岁月已经远去了啊~
岁月真是不留人
光阴果然似箭

但,无论岁月如何变迁,B 永远都是我们家的小明珠~
yeah!姐爱 B!

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好几个月前的某天,第一次遇见了这个患者
是个60岁左右的叔叔吧
当时是邀请他参加一个简单的研究
只需要填一份问卷,不抽血也不用吃药
而且,患者有绝对的自由来决定是否要参加,我们绝对不强迫

但是呢,当时的这个患者却把我骂得狗血淋头
而我完全不知道该怎么脱身
就在我慌张的挤着脑浆想着要怎么脱身时
某人(A)帮了我个忙
假装需要我帮忙而把我叫走
A说,当他听见我叫出该患者的名字时,他就知道会发生什么事
因为他也中过这个患者的招,非常了解
当时,我非常感激这个人
而对于那个患者,我实在是很不喜欢
厌恶吗?也许有一点
我也不太记得是什么心情了
只是不太愿意去理解他的心情
因为理解后就要包容
被人骂成这个样子实在是不愿意去包容和谅解
从小到大,这样子骂我的人,可是一个都没有!

在那之后,偶尔在医院里还是会看到这个患者
而我都会尽量避开
因为不但不喜欢他,而且也觉得他很恐怖

刚才,又在医院里看到这个患者
当时我在问某位同事(B)一些事情
虽然有关工作,但不是很紧急,也不是非常非常重要
而就在那时,这个患者也走近我的同事(B),似乎有些问题要问
但是 B 却完全无视他,先回答我的问题,帮我查东西
然后才回答他
我心想,也许 B 也吃过他的苦头吧
不然,怎么会有这种举动/反应呢?

B 回答他后,他转身离开柜台
心情很平静的走开
以他之前的脾气,虽然 B 的解释是合理的
但他一定会暴跳如雷,把人臭骂一顿
但刚才,出乎意料的,他没那么做

而当他转身的那一瞬间
看着他的背影的我
突然觉得很难过
凌乱的头发   蹒跚的步履   孤独的背影
心里很难受

不知道为什么
现在想起那一幕,心里还是觉得很不舒服
到底是什么样的遭遇让一个人变得那么暴躁且不可理喻?
而又是什么样的遭遇让一个暴躁且不可理喻的人变得这般平静?
但愿他的生活会慢慢好转
学习去看这世界的美好
就这样子,用今天这种平静的心情过生活吧

 

 

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