11/06/2021

Today St. Barnabas the Apostle is celebrated

On June 11, the Church celebrates St. Barnabas, an apostle considered by the first Fathers of the Church and by St. Luke due to the special mission that the Divine Spirit entrusted to him.

Today St. Barnabas the Apostle is celebrated

Barnabas was appreciated by the Apostles for being a “man of good and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith” (Acts 11,24:XNUMX).

His real name was Joseph, but the apostles changed to Barnabas, which means "Son of Consolation". In the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4) it is said that he sold his property and gave the resources to the apostles, so that they could be distributed among the poor.

He collaborated extensively with São Paulo and his preaching converted many. Both were for a time in Antioch, a place that became the center of evangelization and where the followers of Christ were called Christians for the first time.

The faithful of this city sent them to Jerusalem with a collection for those who were starving in Judea.

The Holy Spirit recommended a mission to the two Apostles through the teachers and prophets who worshiped God, received the laying on of hands and left accompanied for a time by the evangelist Saint Mark, Barnabas' cousin. They preached in several places.

After visiting different cities, confirming converts and ordaining priests, they returned to Antioch and then the Jerusalem Council was held, in which it was declared that the “Gentiles” had no duty to circumcise.

For the second missionary trip, Paul with Silas and Barnabas with Saint Mark took different paths. Later, the two Apostles met again on the Corinthian missions.

Barnabas is said to have been stoned to death by Jews envious of the conversions he obtained. His remains were buried near Salamis and found in the year 488. The apostle had the Gospel of Saint Matthew on his chest, written in his own hand. Later, he was transferred to Mancheras (Cyprus).

Source: Aleteia

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