HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST BARNABAS, APOSTLE.

HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST BARNABAS, APOSTLE.

Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3; Psalm 98; Matthew 10:7-13 🗣🔥🔥🔥

 

Barnabas is one of the least-known apostles. He played an essential role in the spread of the Gospel, yet he is not as famous as Paul or as well-known as Peter. Thus, you don’t have to be famous to be effective in the Kingdom. For fame, many have sold their hearts to the devil. George Santayana once said “The highest form of vanity is love of fame.”   The first reading recounts some of the work done by Barnabas in spreading the Gospel; while the gospel passage sees Jesus sending out his Apostles and telling them how they should act as they enter each town they come to. Good character can never be separated from the gospel we preach. Again, like Barnabas, we don’t need to be “the” minister or preacher before we can spread the gospel. Lastly, Barnabas actual name is Joses, he was nicknamed Barnabas which means “Son of Encouragement”. He encouraged others so much that they nicknamed him Son of Encouragement. In Acts 4:35, he sold his land and gave the money to the apostles who eventually distributed to the needy. We should be people who build others up and who are willing to go the extra mile in helping others. St. Barnabas, pray for us.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.

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