Scripture introduces us to St. Barnabas as “a good man, filled with the holy Spirit and faith” (Acts 11:24). His name was Joseph, but the apostles nicknamed him Barnabas, or “son of encouragement,” because he loved to encourage others in their faith. So much so that when he showed up at Antioch, “a large number of people was added to the Lord” (Acts 11:24).
I invite you to let him encourage (and challenge) you today with a powerful writing that is attributed to him. Here he shows us how to always walk in the light of Christ and not be pulled off the path by discouragement, selfishness, or sorrow.
Personally, I was struck by his admonition to “not give pride an entrance into your heart.” My prayer today is, “Lord, please make me aware of my pride so I can let you replace it right away with humility and dependence on your grace.”
Scroll down and share the thing that jumped out at you that you’d like God to help you with. By doing that, you’ll be encouraging your fellow readers to open up and receive the help God is just waiting for us to ask for. Amen?
Consider now the way of light; any man who is bent on reaching his appointed goal must be very careful in all he does. Now these are the directions that have been given to us for this journey: love your Creator; reverence your Maker; give glory to him who redeemed you when you were dead; be single-minded but rich in spiritual treasure; avoid those who travel down death’s highway; hate whatever is displeasing to God; detest all hypocritical pretense; do not abandon God’s commandments. Do not put on airs, but be modest whatever you do; claim no credit for yourself. Plot no evil against your neighbor, and do not give pride an entrance into your heart.
Love your neighbor more than your own life. Do not kill an unborn child through abortion, nor destroy it after birth. Do not refrain from chastising son or daughter, but bring them up from childhood in the fear of the Lord. Do not set your heart on what belongs to your neighbor and do not give in to greed. Do not associate with the arrogant but cultivate those who are humble and virtuous.
Accept as a blessing whatever comes your way in the knowledge that nothing ever happens without God’s concurrence. Avoid duplicity in thought or in word, for such deception is a deadly snare.
Share with your neighbor whatever you have, and do not say of anything, this is mine. If you both share an imperishable treasure, how much more must you share what is perishable. Do not be hasty in speech; the mouth is a deadly snare. For your soul’s good, make every effort to live chastely. Do not hold out your hand for what you can get, only to withdraw it when it comes to giving. Cherish as the apple of your eye anyone who speaks to you of the word of the Lord.
Night and day you will bear in mind the hour of judgment; every day you will seek out the company of God’s faithful, either by preaching the word, earnestly exhorting them, ever considering how you can save souls by your eloquence, or else by working with your hands to make reparation for your past sins.
Never hesitate to give, and when you do give, never grumble; then you will know the one who will repay you. Preserve the traditions you have received, adding nothing and taking nothing away. The evildoer will ever be hateful to you. Be fair in your judgments. Never stir dissension, but act as peacemaker and reconcile the quarrelsome. Confess your sins, and do not begin to pray with a guilty conscience.
Such then is the way of light. ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀