READINGS for 2007-06-11
Memorial of St. Barnabas, apostle
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AN APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLESSt. Barnabas, whose blessed memory we celebrate today, hailed from Cyprus. He was of great importance to the spread of the Gospel because he was the one who introduced St. Paul to the other apostles and testified to the latter’s conversion. The work of Paul in preaching the Gospel to the gentiles needed the apostles’ approval, since the apostles were the pillars of the Church.
Having gained the approval of the apostles, Paul went to an extensive preaching of the Gospel and building up of Christian communities. Barnabas was his companion in his first missionary journey. In the First Council of Jerusalem, Barnabas was also there with Paul.
After converting many souls for Christ, Barnabas suffered martyrdom at Cyprus where he preached during Nero’s reign. He is considered an “apostle” too.
We are sometimes called to be like Barnabas. We are needed to introduce someone to the Christian community and testify to his or her conversion. We do not realize the importance of our role until we see its fruit. Barnabas’ role produced a “St. Paul”. Thanks be to God! Barnabas was an apostle to the apostles. Fr. Bobby T.
REFLECTION QUESTION: Have I introduced anyone to the Church?
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to bring more souls closer to You and to Your Church. When called upon to bear witness to the conversion of anyone, may I always have the wisdom and courage to do so. Teach me how to be an apostle to the apostles. Amen.
St. Barnabas, apostle and martyr, pray for us.
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