Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
Today, June 11, 2021 is the Feast Day when the Christian Church recognizes Saint Barnabas, Apostle. This post is just one of many devoted to the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are largely neglected today unless it falls on a Sunday. I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this day.
“Barnabas was a Jew, a Levite born in Cyprus, one of the first disciples of the apostles, and Paul’s traveling companion until the sixteenth year after the resurrection of Christ. He is mentioned in Acts 4, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15; 1 Corinthians 9; and Galatians 2. Part of the sermons of Barnabas is recited by Clement of Alexandria in his Stromateis: ‘Before we believed in God, the dwelling of our heart was corruptible and fragile; truly it was a temple made by hands, when it was full of idolatry, and was a house of demons. But behold! It has been built gloriously into the temple of the Lord. How? By receiving the remission of sins and by hoping in the Name of Christ, let us become new and re-created, because God truly dwells in us. How? When these dwell in us: the Word of His faith, the calling of His promise, the wisdom of justification, and the mandates of doctrine.’ Barnabas is the same as ‘Son of consolation’ (Acts 4:36-37), from bar, ‘son,’ and nafesh, ‘re-create, revive, console,’ and so on. Eusebius (Book. 1, chapter 14) writes that he was one of the seventy disciples.” 1
The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia. They went out and proclaimed that people should repent. Alleluia.” It is from Mark 6:12.
Old Testament: Isaiah 42:5-12
Psalm: Psalm 112 (antiphon v. 1)
Holy Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
The hymn appointed for this day is “Lift High the Cross” as found on page 837 in the Lutheran Service Book. You may hear the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWcoAa1xR_k
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, Your faithful servant Barnabas sought not his own renown but gave generously of his life and substance for the encouragement of the apostles and their ministry. Grant that we may follow his example in lives given to charity and the proclamation of the Gospel; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastor Jim Tuell
1 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 421-422.