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Liturgical day: June 11th: St. Barnabas, Apostle

Gospel text (Mt 10,7-13): Jesus said to his disciples, «Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it as a gift». Jesus said to his disciples, «Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it as a gift. Do not carry any gold, silver or copper in your purses. Do not carry a traveler's bag, or an extra shirt, or sandals, or walking-stick: workers deserve their living. When you come to a town or a village, look for a worthy person and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, wish it peace. If the people in the house deserve it, your peace will be on them; if they do not deserve it, your blessing will come back to you».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, we celebrate the apostle Barnabas by the apostles. He was generous from the beginning: he owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the Apostles' feet. He brought St. Paul to the Apostles, who were afraid of him and, with Paul, they opened the apostolate to all peoples. His apostolic zeal was an example, as he was putting into practice the Master's commandment: «Go and proclaim this message ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’» (Mt 10:7).

—When we see somebody weakening or retreating, let us persevere just as Barnabas did, whose namesake means “brave man”, and “he who encourages and enthuses”. These are characteristics very much in need of today.