“and they sent forth Barnabas that he should go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And much people was added unto the Lord.” (Acts 17:22-24)

Antioch st saint barnabas Corpus Christi octave June 8 institution of Holy Sacrament unites us one body of Christ Latin mystery humility reverence veneration deep gratitude gives life His Body Blood Bread live flesh life of the world drink His Blood eternal life Jesus said to them Very truly I tell you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise them up at the last day For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father so the one who feeds on me will live because of me This is the bread that came down from heaven Your ancestors ate manna and died but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever John 6:53-5 For in the night in which He was betrayed He took Bread and when He had given thanks He brake it and gave it to His disciples saying Take eat this is my Body which is given for you Do this in remembrance of me Likewise after supper He took the Cup and when He had given thanks He gave it to them saying Drink ye all of this for this is my Blood of the New Testament which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it in remembrance of me st saint paul 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Luke 22:19-21 Holy Eucharist presence of Christ to be thankful mystery human comprehension faith joy thanksgiving commune with the Holy One Himself share in His divine life collectively corporate more like Him transformed empowered renewed approach receive Him with reverence gratitude strength nourishment in our lives active Christians radiate out reflections of the Body of Christ world needs it lessons joses joseph born Cypres book of Acts early believers selflessness son of encouragement son of consolation meaning of Barnabas earliest spread of the Gospel embraced him encouraged talent recognition ability in other people Antioch Joan of Arc John Mark leaves Paul agitated Barnabas causes reconciliation second chances see good growth early church unity Acts 15 facilitated dialogue between Jews and Gentiles reflect implications personal sanctity witnesses life legacy encourages reconcilers love positive lasting encounter I am the living bread which came down from heaven if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world John 6:51