Feast of St. Banabas - June 11
Courtesy of Stained Glass, Inc.
1) His Real Name Was Joseph, but the apostles called him Barnabas, meaning "son of encouragement." His stories in the Bible are a bit scattered about, but if you search and discover them, it becomes easy to understand why he was considered to be an encouraging fellow (Acts 4:36-37).
2) He Was A Cousin To One Of The Gospel Writers - Mark (also known as John), who accompanied Barnabas and Paul partway through the First Missionary Journey (Colossians 4:10, Acts 13:13).
3) He Convinced The Apostles To Give Saul/Paul A Chance - Acts 9:26-27.
4) He Brought Paul To Antioch To Help With The Gentile Christians There - The early-early church wasn't quite sure how to react to the Gentiles who found joy in the message of Christ. Barnabas was helpful in sorting this out. Acts 11:19-26.
5) He Had "Sharp Disagreement" With Paul - over whether or not to bring John Mark on another Missionary Journey (Acts 15:37-41).
The scroll that Barnabas is holding in the Stained Glass window above might represent the "Epistle of Barnabas" - a document purportedly written by this New Testament Saint, which was not included in the final version of the Bible.
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