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But one of the most important characteristics of Barnabas life is how he supported people in need.
A GOOD LEADER
 
But one of the most important characteristics of Barnabas life is how he supported people in need.  
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus who the Church honors today, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged Apostle. The book of Acts gives him this title. He was closely associated with St. Paul (he also 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 the faithful in Antioch for a year, after which they took relief contributions to Jerusalem.
 
Later, Paul and Barnabas, now clearly were seen as charismatic leaders, were sent by Antioch officials to preach to the Gentiles.
 
But one of the most important characteristics of Barnabas life is how he supported people in need. Today's First Reading as the Church in Jerusalem sends Barnabas to Antioch. We hear that he is "a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith." He rejoiced with those first Christian people, he encouraged them all to remain faithful. The support that Barnabas showed and the encouragement he offered the Church and its people are hallmarks of his ministry. In fact his name means "son of encouragement."
 
As the Holy Spirit filled Barnabas in faith we are also filled! We are all called to support one another as mutual members of the Body of Christ.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: In our lives let us embody the message of the Kingdom of Heaven. The Spirit that empowered Barnabas now leads us to support and encourage one another in faith and love.
 
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