June 11, Barnabus

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Readings from the Bible
1st Reading: Isaiah 42:5-12
Epistle: Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3 Gospel: Mark 6:7-13

Hymn of the Day: 837 Lift high the cross

St. Barnabas, Apostle

Saint Barnabas was an early Christian convert, one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem. Like almost all Christians at the time, Barnabas was Jewish, specifically a Levite. As an apostle, he and Saint Paul undertook missionary journeys together and defended Gentile converts against the demands of the Judaizers. (These were Jewish Christians who said the new converts must keep the Mosaic Law, with all its rituals, including circumcision.)

St Paul asked Barnabas to accompany him on a journey (Acts 15:36). Barnabas wished to take John Mark along, but Paul did not, as he had left them on the former journey (Acts 15:37-38). The dispute ended by Paul and Barnabas taking separate routes. Paul took Silas as his companion, and journeyed through Syria and Cilicia; while Barnabas took his younger cousin, John Mark, to visit Cyprus (Acts 15:36-41).

There is no further mention of his subsequent activity, except for a brief reference by Paul a few years later (1 Corinthians 9:6).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org ‘Barnabas’ http://www.britannica.com ‘Saint Barnabas.’

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