Barnabas is a living example of what Jesus calls us every Christian to do in the Gospel today. Jesus calls us to the dual vocation of being salt and light. Barnabas responded faithfully to this dual call and his example ought to encourage each of us. It teaches us something very important about the faith we're called to grow in during this Year of Faith and also about the New Evangelization for which the Year of Faith is meant to prepare each of us. Roger J. Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the apostle St. Back on April 23, when we encountered his crucial action in the Acts of the Apostles, we pondered him under the title "Barnabas," the nickname the first Christians gave him as a "son of encouragement. Paul was well as so many of the first Christians by his example, not only in Jerusalem, but, as we see in today's first reading, the Church in Antioch. When he arrived in Syria on behalf of the Church of Jerusalem, he, full of goodness, faith and the Holy Spirit, encouraged all of the Antiochene Christians to remain faithful with a firm heart. His work paid off.
Ut Omnes Unum Sint, ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam – That they all may be One, for the greater glory of God
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In the fantastic world which Lewis Carroll describes in his book Through the Looking Glass, the young Alice meets a whole host of very strange creatures. Among them is an old sheep who spends her time knitting while running a small shop which is packed with curious things. After peering around for some time, Alice decides to buy an egg, and when she takes it with her it gets larger and larger and more human — complete with an enormous face. The large human egg is called Humpty Dumpty, who finds it provoking to be called an egg.
Saint of the Day for June 11
He was originally a leading member of the church in Jerusalem. He clearly saw the hand of the Lord in this new phenomenon. Barnabas himself seems to have become a leading member of the church of Antioch. He worked alongside Paul there and together they were sent out on a mission by the church of Antioch, travelling to Cyprus and beyond. Barnabas is portrayed in the Acts of the Apostles as an enabler, an encourager. What he enabled and encouraged others to do turned out to be just as significant as what he did himself. One of the ways we give is by creating a space for others to give and to grow. This is where Barnabas comes into his own. He recognized and encouraged the workings of the Spirit in the lives of others. That takes a certain generosity of spirit, a willingness to rejoice in the gifts of others and allow them to find expression.
June 11, - Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle. Acts ; Psalm Matthew I always admired Barnabas. He was a delight to be around, and everyone else was better when he was with us. He was one of the best advertisements for Christianity I have ever known, truly a lampstand. I was always disappointed that he was some sort of Evangelical Christian and not a Catholic, that he did not play for our team, so to speak. Blessed is everyone around a Barnabas. Encouragement, it seems to me, is an eighth gift of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, encouragement is not only a gift of the Holy Spirit but also a title.