“'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."
In many cultures, young people, especially those leaving their country for a new land and a new life, must approach their grandparents to ask for a blessing. This is no small matter. It is as if the young people who are leaving are being clothed in the culture and love of their country and ancestors.
This is what happened to Barnabas and Saul when they were being "missioned" to Cyprus. Strengthened and empowered by the elders in their community who laid hands on them, they knew they were not alone and that the entire community of Christians in Antioch where with them and would strengthen them through prayer.
It is important for us to remember that we have been commissioned at Baptism, especially during a period when our church, nation and world are being shaken by the devastation of the Corona Virus. We are not alone. No matter what happens to us, we are in Christ and our task of announcing the Good News remains. We must live as if death itself does not matter for we have been promised life forever.
Today, act fearlessly but not foolishly. Find ways to engage people with kindness and compassion.
Whose faith life and lifestyle most impressed you and helped you during dark times?