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JUNE 11 - St Barnabas, Apostle -- Mt 10:7-13 -- Jesus Sends Out the Twelve - Il-missjoni tat-Tnax --- & --- Holy Mass Readings

On June 11th we celebrate the feast of St. Barnabas. The Church sees him as an apostle though he was not one of the twelve. We first hear about him in the Acts of the Apostles, where he is given the name Barnabas which means “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4).  And he lived up to his name. When Paul needed someone to support him after his conversion, it was St. Barnabas who supported Paul and had him received by the apostles.
St. Barnabas was also sent on a mission to investigate the new converts at Antioch. He persuaded St. Paul to go to Antioch and begin the missionary work with him; and there, in Antioch was where the followers of Christ were first called Christians (Acts 11).
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we need to live our faith like St. Barnabas to:

1)    Be an encourager.  To encourage one another in the faith, avoid being judgmental or gossiping about people and to build bridges, not barriers.
2)    Study the faith.  St. Barnabas encouraged the early Christians to remain faithful to the Lord. We need to practice our faith by celebrating the sacraments worthily. The Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation are God’s gracious gifts to the Church. Celebrating them will help us get closer to the Lord, while reading Sacred Scripture and the Catechism will help us remain faithful to Him and His teachings. 
3)    Witness to the gospel.  St. Barnabas encountered hardships but he continued to persevere in spreading the gospel. The secular world of today needs the good news of Christ. We need to witness with boldness and love; and at all times, avoid being harsh. For this, we must always pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance. 
4)    Dialogue with others.  Without undermining or compromising our Catholic beliefs, we need to dialogue with people of opposing views.

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Published on 11 Jun 2015 - St Barnabas, Apostle
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First reading                                                                               Acts 11:21-26, 13:1-3

A great number believed and were converted to the Lord.
  The church in Jerusalem heard about this and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. There he could see for himself that God had given grace, and this pleased him, and he urged them all to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion; for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a large number of people were won over to the Lord.
  Barnabas then left for Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. As things turned out they were to live together in that church a whole year, instructing a large number of people. It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians.’
  In the church at Antioch the following were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. One day while they were offering worship to the Lord and keeping a fast, the Holy Spirit said, ‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart for the work to which I have called them.’ So it was that after fasting and prayer they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Psalm 97:1-6
The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
Sing a new song to the Lord
  for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
  have brought salvation.
The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
  has shown his justice to the nations.
He has remembered his truth and love
  for the house of Israel.
The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
All the ends of the earth have seen
  the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth,
  ring out your joy.
The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp
  with the sound of music.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
  acclaim the King, the Lord.
The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.

Gospel AcclamationMt28:19,20
Alleluia, alleluia!
Go, make disciples of all the nations.
I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.


Matthew 10:7-13
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘As you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge. Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with a few coppers for your purses, with no haversack for the journey or spare tunic or footwear or a staff, for the workman deserves his keep.
  ‘Whatever town or village you go into, ask for someone trustworthy and stay with him until you leave. As you enter his house, salute it, and if the house deserves it, let your peace descend upon it; if it does not, let your peace come back to you.’
JUNE 11 - St Barnabas, Apostle -- Mt 10:7-13 -- Jesus Sends Out the Twelve - Il-missjoni tat-Tnax

[Mt:10:7] Intom u sejrin, xandru u għidu li s-Saltna tas-Smewwiet waslet. [Mt:10:8] Fejjqu l-morda, qajjmu l-mejtin, fejjqu l-lebbrużi, keċċu x-xjaten. B'xejn ħadtu, b'xejn agħtu. [Mt:10:9] Tfittxux li jkollkom flus fuqkom, la tad-deheb, la tal-fidda u lanqas tar-ram; [Mt:10:10] u la ħorġa għat-triq, la żewġ ilbiesi, la qrieq u lanqas ħatar, għax il-ħaddiem ħaqqu ħobżu. [Mt:10:11] Fil-bejt jew raħal fejn tidħlu, araw ikunx hemm min jixraqlu tmorru għandu, u ibqgħu f'daru sa ma titilqu minn hemm. [Mt:10:12] Meta tidħlu f'dar, sellmu lin-nies tagħha, [Mt:10:13] u jekk tkun dar li jixirqilha, ħa jiġi fuqha s-sliem tagħkom. Imma jekk tkun dar li ma jixirqilhiex, ħa jerġa' lura għandkom is-sliem tagħkom.
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