Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
By Colleen O'Sullivan
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. So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. (Acts 13:2-5a)
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.” (John 12:44-45)
The psalm is also about reflections. The people of Israel are praying for plentiful crops. If the harvest is bountiful, they say, other nations will see reflected in that blessing the graciousness of their God. The reflection of God’s love for Israel will draw other nations to worship God.
In the reading from the Book of Acts, as Barnabas and Saul hurry to Salamis on Cyprus and there proclaim God’s word, we see reflected in their actions the fire of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Risen Christ to draw men and women to the Truth.