Thought for the Day – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Thought for the Day – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged apostle.   He was closely associated with Saint Paul—he introduced Paul to Peter and the other apostles—and served as a kind of mediator between the former persecutor and the still suspicious Jewish Christians.

When a Christian community developed at Antioch, Barnabas was sent as the official representative of the church of Jerusalem to incorporate them into the fold.   He and Paul instructed in Antioch for a year, after which they took relief contributions to Jerusalem.

Later Paul and Barnabas, now clearly seen as charismatic leaders, were sent by Antioch officials to preach to the gentiles.  Enormous success crowned their efforts.   After a miracle at Lystra, the people wanted to offer sacrifice to them as gods—Barnabas being Zeus, and Paul, Hermes—but the two said, “We are of the same nature as you, human beings.   We proclaim to you good news that you should turn from these idols to the living God” (see Acts 14:8-18).

But all was not peaceful.   They were expelled from one town, they had to go to Jerusalem to clear up the ever-recurring controversy about circumcision and even the best of friends can have differences.   When Paul wanted to revisit the places they had evangelised, Barnabas wanted to take along his cousin John Mark, author of the Gospel but Paul insisted that since Mark had deserted them once, he was not fit to take along now.   The disagreement that followed was so sharp, that Barnabas and Paul separated: Barnabas taking Mark to Cyprus, Paul taking Silas to Syria.   Later they were reconciled—Paul, Barnabas and Mark.

When Paul stood up to Peter for not eating with gentiles for fear of his Jewish friends, we learn that “even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy” (see Galatians 2:1-13)

Barnabas is spoken of simply as one who dedicated his life to the Lord.   He was a man “filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. Thereby, large numbers were added to the Lord.” Even when he and Paul were expelled from Antioch in Pisidia—modern-day Turkey—they were “filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.”

Come O Holy Spirit, come, fill the hearts of Your faithful!come o holy spirit come fill the hearts of your faithful - 11 june 2018

St Barnabus, Pray for us!st-barnabas-pray-for-us.11 june 2017


Quote/s of the Day – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Quote/s of the Day – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Speaking of: “Seeking Sainthood”

“Pray as though everything depended on God.
Work as though everything depended on you.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchpray as though - st augustine - speaking of seeking sainthood - 11 june 2018

“Teach us to give
and not to count the cost.”teach us to give and not to count - st ignatius loyola - 11 june 2018 - speaking of seeking sainthood

“It is not hard to obey
when we love the one,
whom we obey.”

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)it is not hard - st ignatius - 11 june 2018 - seeking sainthood

“Let us begin in earnest to work out our salvation,
for no one will do it for us, since even He Himself,
Who made us without ourselves,
will not save us without ourselves.”

St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)let us begin in earnest - st margaret mary alacoque - 11 june2018 - seeking sainthood

“You cannot be half a saint;
you must be a whole saint
or no saint at all.”

St Therese of the Child Jesus/Lisieux (1873-1897) Doctor of the Churchyou cannot be half a saint - st therese lisieux - 11 june 2018 - seeking sainthood

“I know well that the greater
and more beautiful the work is,
the more terrible will be the storms,
that rage against it.”

St Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)i know ell - st faustina - 11 june 2018 - seeking sainthood


One Minute Reflection – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

One Minute Reflection – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle – Today’s First Reading  Acts of the Apostles 11:21b-26.13:1-3.

News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.   When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad and he exhorted them all, to remain faithful to the Lord, with steadfast purpose;  for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.   And a large company was added to the Lord...Acts 11:22-24

REFLECTION – “While we cannot see God, there is something we can do, to open a way, for the eye of our understanding to come to Him.   It is certain that we can see now in His servants, one whom we can in no way see in Himself.   When we see them doing astonishing things, we can be sure that God dwells in their hearts…   None of us can look directly at the rising sun by gazing at its orb.   Our eyes are repelled as they strain to see its rays.   But we look at mountains bathed in sunlight and see that it has risen.   Because we cannot see the Sun of righteousness (Mal 3,20) Himself, let us see the mountains bathed in His brightness, I mean the holy apostles.   They shine with virtues and gleam with miracles…  The power of His divinity, is in itself, like the sun in the sky;  in human beings it is like the sun shining on earth…”…St Pope Gregory the Great (c 540-604), Father & Doctor of the Church (Homilies on the Gospel, no 30)when he came and saw - acts 11 22-24 - when we see them doing - st pope gregory the great - 11 june 2018 st barnabas

PRAYER – O God, who decreed that Saint Barnabas, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit, should be set apart to convert the nations, grant that the Gospel of Christ, which he strenuously preached, may be faithfully proclaimed by word and by deed.   We pray you Lord, that by the intercession of St Barnabas, we too may grow in faith and love and live to glorify Your kingdom.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. barnabas - pray for us - 11 june 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Our Morning Offering – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Steer the Ship of my Life, Lord
By St Basil the Great (329-379)

Steer the ship of my life, Lord,
to Your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from
the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can see the right direction
in which I should go.
And give me the strength
and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough
and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring
hardship and danger in Your name
we shall find comfort and peace.
Amensteer the ship of my life lord - st basil - 11 june 2018 - no 2. jpg


Saint of the Day – 11 June – St Barnabas, Apostle “Son of Encouragement”

Saint of the Day – 11 June – St Barnabas, Apostle – Prophet, Disciple, Apostle to Antioch and Cyprus, Missionary and Martyr – born in Cyprus as Joseph – martyred in c 61 at Salamis.  At his Baptism, when he sold all his goods and gave the money to the apostles in Jerusalem, they gave him a new name, “Barnabas”, which means “Son of Encouragement;  Son of Consolation”.   Patronages – Cyprus, Antioch, against hailstorms, invoked as peacemaker.barnabas - header 1

St Barnabas, was designated by the Holy Spirit to share the charge and mission of the twelve Apostles, is venerated by the Church as one of them.   He played an important part in the first extension of Christianity outside the Jewish world.   It was Barnabas who presented St Paul to the other Apostles when, after his long retreat in Arabia, he came to Jerusalem for the first time after his conversion, to submit for Peter’s approval, the mission to the Gentiles entrusted to him, by the Master Himself.   Barnabas was Paul’s companion and helper on his first missionary journey and returned with him to Jerusalem but left him, when he set out on his second journey and went to Cyprus.   The name of St Barnabas is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.

We know nothing about St Barnabas except what Scripture tells us.   St Luke says he was “a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith” (Acts 11:24).   No one could ask for a better recommendation!   The saint was born at Cyprus, a Jew of the tribe of Levi.   His given name was Joseph, but the apostles called him Barnabas, which meant “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36).   That nickname suited him to a tee, for everywhere he went he seems to have played a major supportive role in establishing the Christian community. For example, he sold his property and donated the money to the apostles for the poor.

barnabas sold everything

Later the apostles sent him to care for the fledgling church at Antioch (Acts 11:20–22).  He brought Paul from Tarsus to help him and the community flourished under their leadership (Acts 11:25–26).   Twice Barnabas and Paul travelled to Jerusalem on behalf of the church at Antioch (Acts 11:27–30; 15:2).   He also accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey that began in Cyprus and circuited through Asia Minor (Acts 13:1–2, 7).paul and barnabas at lystra

Before the next missionary journey, however, Paul and Barnabas quarreled over some personal and pastoral matters and decided to separate.   Barnabas returned to Cyprus and evangelised the island.   Paul’s later references to Barnabas in his letters indicate that the two apostles were ultimately reconciled (see 1 Corinthians 9:6; Colossians 4:10).

Early Christians attributed an epistle to Barnabas but modern scholars say he probably did not write it.   Tertullian and other Western writers regard Barnabas as the author of the Letter to the Hebrews.   This may have been the Roman tradition—which Tertullian usually follows—and in Rome the epistle may have had its first readers.   Modern biblical scholarship disagree.

It is believed that he was Martyred at Salamis in 61.

There are two ways of doctrine and authority, one of light and the other of darkness.   But these two ways differ greatly.   For over one are stationed the light-bringing angels of God but the angels of Satan are over the other.   This, then, is the way of light:  Love God who created you.   Glorify God who redeemed you from death.   Be simple in heart, and rich in spirit.   Hate doing anything unpleasing to God.   Do not exalt yourself but be of a lowly mind.   Do not forsake the commandments of the Lord.   Love your neighbour more than your own soul.   Do not slay the child by procuring an abortion, nor destroy it after it is born.   Receive your trials as good things.   Do not hesitate to give without complaint.   Confess your sins.   This is the way of light.   But the way of darkness is crooked and cursed, for it is the way of eternal death with punishment.   In this way are the things that destroy the soul:  idolatry, overconfidence, the arrogance of power, hypocrisy, double-heartedness, adultery, rape, haughtiness, transgressions, deceit, malice, avarice and absence of any fear of God.   Also in this way are those who persecute the good, those who hate truth, those who do not attend to the widow and orphan, those who do not pity the needy, those who murder children, those who oppress the afflicted and are in every respect transgressors.

The Epistle of Barnabas

The Catholic religious order officially known as “Regular Clerics of St Paul” (Clerici Regulares Sancti Pauli – C.R.S.P.), founded in the 16th Century, was in 1538 given the grand old Monastery of Saint Barnabas by the city wall of Milan.   This becoming their main seat, the Order was thenceforth known by the popular name of the

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 June

St Barnabas the Apostle (Memorial) (Martyred in c 61 at Salamis)

Our Lady of Awaiting/Mantara: Our Lady of Awaiting, also known as Our Lady of Mantara, is a Melkite Greek Catholic Marian shrine in Maghdouché, Lebanon, discovered on 8 September 1721 by a young shepherd. The grotto, which according to a legend dates to ancient times, was subsequently cared after by Monsignor Eftemios Saïfi, Melkite Catholic bishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Sidon. The shrine consists of a tower crowned with the statue of the Virgin and Child, a cathedral, a cemetery and a sacred cave believed to be the one where the Virgin Mary rested while she waited for Jesus. Since its discovery, it has been steadily visited by families particularly each year on the occasion of the feast of the Nativity of Mary on 8 September.our lady of mantara at the caveOUR LADY OF MANTARA

St Aleydis of Schaerbeek
St Blitharius of Seganne
St Herebald of Bretagne
Bl Hugh of Marchiennes
Bl Ignazio Choukrallah Maloyan
Bl Jean de Bracq
Bl Kasper of Grimbergen
St Maximus of Naples
St Parisius
St Paula Frasinetti
St Riagail of Bangor
St Tochumra of Kilmore
St Tochumra of Tuam

Martyrs of Tavira – 7 beati: Members of the Knights of Santiago de Castilla. During the re-conquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Muslims by Christian forces, in a period of truce between the armies, the group was allowed to leave the Portuguese camp to hunt. Near Tavira, Portugal, he and his companions were ambushed and killed by a Muslim force. Making a reprisal attack, the Portuguese army took the city of Tavira. The murdered knights were considered to be martyrs as they died in an action defending the faith. They were –
• Blessed Alvarus Garcia
• Blessed Beltrão de Caia
• Blessed Damião Vaz
• Blessed Estêvão Vasques
• Blessed Garcia Roiz
• Blessed Mendus Valle
• Blessed Pedro Rodrigues
They were martyred in 1242 outside Tavira, Faro, Portugal. Their relics are enshrined under the altar of Saint Barnabas in the Church of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels (modern Santa Maria do Castelo) in Tavria

Mercedarian Martyrs of Damietta: Three Mercedarian lay knights who worked to ransom Christians enslaved by Muslims. During the 7th Crusade, a plague swept through the Christian army and these knights volunteered to work with the sick. During this work they were captured by Muslims and ordered to convert to Islam; they refused. They were tortured, taken to Damietta, Egypt where they were murdered for their faith. They were thrown from a tower in the mid-13th century in Damietta, Egypt.