Today is the Feast Day of St. Barnabas.
Here's what you need to know...
Barnabas (originally named Joseph) with the exception of St. Paul and the Twelve Apostles, was the most esteemed man of the first Christian generation.
He was close friends with St. Paul, and actually introduced St. Paul to St. Peter and the other Apostles.
Barnabas traveled and preached extensively with St. Paul to the Gentiles.
Barnabas was also part of the Council of Jerusalem, which was significant because it determined Gentiles be allowed into the Christian community without being circumcised.
Barnabas is believed to be the cousin of St. Mark the Evangelist on the basis of Colossians 4.
Christian tradition says that Barnabas was martyred by being stoned to death in 61 AD.
Happy Feast Day.
St. Barnabas, ora pro nobis.