Thursday: Feast of St Barnabas

Today is the feast of St Barnabas. A few weeks ago in the season of Eastertide we heard at Mass in our readings from Acts about his missionary journeys with St Paul. A reading not included I think is 15:36ff when we’re told basically that they have a row and ‘part company.’ This text is sometimes preached upon if clergy decide to part company, hoping to remain friends! It does show us that within the Church we can live with differences of opinion – and the row between Paul and Barnabas seems to have been quite serious – and even decide not to work together, but still remain friends and part of the Body of Christ.

Please pray today for the Vicar and people of St Barnabas Church here in Beckenham.

God bless and take care
Fr Ashley

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