Thursday, June 11, 2020. Memorial of St Barnabas. Reflection by Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)

Acts 11:21-26,13:1-3; Matt.10:7-13

The expression, “the cup is either half full or half empty, depending on one’s perspective” has been used so much, it has become clich√©. So what was so special about Barnabas? He always preferred to see the cup as half full. How else could he have sold all his possessions and given his life to Christ just like that? The first reading tells us “he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith”. Though he was originally called Joseph, the Apostles surnamed him Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement.” Why else was he sent to Antioch soon after a great number had been converted to God? Because this man was not only positive, he taught others to be positive as well.

Friends, we learn a lot from Barnabas. He was perhaps the first one to accept Paul after his conversion, even though others remained very reluctant. He accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey, and later went with his cousin John Mark to Cyprus, the place of his birth, to preach the good news. He was killed while pouring his life out for others. Friends, we too are called to be Apostles. We must learn to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and cast out demons. We must trust God completely, and always see the cup as half full. Encourage someone today!

Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead. St Barnabas, pray for us!

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