A good man and full of the Holy Ghost, St. Barnabas evangelized, during twelve years, with St. Paul, the pagans in the island of Cyprus and in a great number of towns and countries. Separated from St. Paul, he returned to Cyprus where he was stoned to death.
They stand before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. They are all filled with light. — Third responsory
The Imitation of Christ
He that liveth without Jesus is in wretched poverty; and he who is with Jesus is most rich.
Do you remember the account of Barnabas and Paul being thought Jupiter and Mercury by the poor pagans? We have the feast of that St Barnabas today. Though he labored much with St. Paul, he is not ordinarily mentioned as an apostle.
St. Barnabas is a type of man who does not work for the glory he is to get out of it, but for love of God. It never entered the mind of St. Barnabas when he worked with St. Paul and the latter was getting all the glory, “What do I get out of this?” He knew he was pleasing God and that is all that matters.
All for the great honor and glory of God.