Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Barnabas. Barnabas was a companion and supporter of St. Paul. His name means – the son of encouragement. He truly is an ideal disciple. He was faithful, joyful and strong. Filled with the Holy Spirit and faith he vouched for Paul when they entered Jerusalem and truly embodied Jesus’ call to follow in faith and hope. It was in his community in Antioch that the name “Christian” was first used. As we journey this day may we take some time to pray to St. Barnabas for the encouragement that we need to continue to respond in faith, hope and love!
Pat Schifini, OSU