Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
At family gatherings with grandparents, and aunts and uncles, it was common for people to tell stories. The best storyteller was my uncle Charlieas he was raised in the Upper Peninsula in a tiny town in the Keweenaw Peninsula. He would tell stories about the snow in the winter and helping his grandfather on a delivery cart driven by horses. Of course, most stories ended with him giving a big belly laugh. Our readings have a lot to do about telling a story, but what is different is to be able to know the presence of God in that history.
In our first reading, Barnabas and Paul are continuing there missionary journey as they travel to Antioch the capital city, which had a sizeable Jewish population. We should always remember that Paul’s first priority was to the Jewish people and to bring them the Good News of Jesus Christ. Barnabas and Paul go to the synagogue on the Sabbath where there would naturally be a large crowd of people. As was the custom as missionaries they were invited to speak, and Paul outlines for them their Jewish salvation history and how it all connected to Jesus Christ.
Our Gospel follows immediately after Jesus has washed the feet of his disciples. Jesus tells them, “If you understand what I have done for you, blessed are you. Now go and do the same, and when you do these acts of charity know that I AM.” Jesus wants the disciples to make history and to do so knowing the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
We are making history each and every day of our lives. What kind of stories are we able to tell on how God has intervened in our lives? How will we be remembered when we are gone?