St. Barnabas Memorial Homily, Knights of Columbus State Deputies Meeting

“Today the Church remembers the Apostle Barnabas. Though not one of the original Twelve Apostles, Barnabas, as we shall later see, came to be called an Apostle. Happily, today’s Scripture reading from the Acts of the Apostles paints a portrait of Barnabas whose name means “son of consolation”. All of us can be consoled as we reflect on this depiction of Barnabas – and his work of spreading the Gospel in the earliest days of the Church – because his life and example applies to us as leaders in the Order in four ways. Let’s see how this is so.

First, St. Luke, the author of the Acts of the Apostles, tells us that Barnabas was “a good man filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.” As today’s reading opens, Barnabas is living in Jerusalem in the days following the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We see how the Gospel quickly went beyond Jerusalem and spread to Antioch where many people were being won over to the Lord. The Apostles decided to send Barnabas to have a firsthand look at what was happening in Antioch, a Greek and Roman city in modern-day Turkey.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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