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June 11th: St. Barnabas, Apostle

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Gospel text (Mt 10:7-13): Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give." Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you."

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, we celebrate the apostle Barnabas. From the beginning he was generous: he sold a field he owned and brought the money to the feet of the Apostles.. He brought St. Paul to the Apostles, when all 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 name means “brave man”, and “he who encourages and enthuses”. These are characteristics that we need today.