Thursday 11 June 2020

About Today Readings

St Barnabas. 1 Kings 18:41-46. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God – Psalm 64(65):10-13. Matthew 5:20-26.

‘If your virtue goes no deeper . . .’

St Barnabas, whose feast we celebrate today, was called to go deeper in his spiritual life and faith journey.

For him, it literally was a journey, beginning in Cyprus as a Jewish man called Joseph. When he encountered the Christian faith, the apostles called him Barnabas, or ‘son of encouragement’.

Was he a product of their own encouragement, or did he encourage others? Certainly, he was known as ‘a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith,’ yet he was called to something more. Together with St Paul, he travelled across the known world to spread Christianity far beyond its original Jewish territory.

What is the ‘more’ that we are called to today? How can we go beyond a good or virtuous life, to creatively witness to the good news of Christ’s incarnation and resurrection? May the life of Barnabas encourage us to take the next step.

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