HistoryThe name “Barnabas” means “man of encouragement”, and that’s what Saint Barnabas was. He was one of the earliest Christians, and he’s the one who convinced the Apostles that Saint Paul was no longer their enemy, but their brother in Christ. Barnabas and Paul traveled together for a while, teaching people about Jesus.
Read Acts 9:20-28, which tells about Paul becoming a Christian and Barnabas persuading the Apostles to accept him. How do you think the Apostles might have felt when they were told their biggest enemy had changed his mind about Jesus? Would you have believed him or would you have been suspicious? How do you think Paul might have felt if the Apostles were suspicious? How would he have felt when Barnabas stood up for him?