Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Bartholomew an apostle of the Lord who is believed to be Nathanael (Jn. 1: 43-51), whose call is mentioned in the Gospel of John. The Gospel reading is the call of Nathanael and Philip.
However, this passage brings to light something that often happens in our life in community and family. Human as we are, we tend to judge people and act based on the prejudices that we have formed. Nathanael too is affected by the same in the gospel of today. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (Jn. 1: 46). Nazareth was considered as a place of little importance in the Bible. Yet, let us focus today how Nathanael changed his attitude towards the Lord and the process of conversion that takes place in him.
- Willingness to Come: Though affected by the prejudice, accepting the invitation of Philip “Come and See,” Nathaniel was ready to come to see the Lord.
- Willingness to See: Nathaniel was not only willing to come but also was ready to see the Lord. See the Lord with his heart
- Willingness to Change: As an effect of the first and the second steps of actions he was willing to change his preconceived ideas and accept Jesus as the Messiah.
The challenge placed before us today is to examine and see how well do we manifest this willingness in our lives? How willing are we to change the pre-conceived ideas?
How beautiful the world will become if we are ready to change our negative attitude towards others, a bit!