Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
1st Reading: Rev 21: 9b – 14; Gospel Reading: Jn 1: 45 – 51
Today the Church celebrates the feast of Apostle Bartholomew. Tradition identifies Bartholomew with Nathaniel who is introduced to Jesus by Philip. Looking at Nathaniel Jesus says, “Here comes an Israelite, a true one; there is nothing false in him (Jn 1: 47).” Asserting the innocence and the desire of Nathaniel to be closer to God, Jesus further speaks to him of the secrets of the future – heavens opening and angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man (Jn 1: 51).
This Gospel passages draws our attention to two factors:
- Will Jesus use the same words to address us? How nice it will be if Jesus calls us by name and says, “Here comes my disciple, a true one; there is nothing false in him.” Let us do all that is needed to receive a similar compliment from our Lord Jesus Christ.
- When we are searching Jesus with whole heart (as Nathaniel did under the fig tree), He begins to reveal to us the secrets of the kingdom of God. Are there many unanswered questions in your life? Get closer to God. The God of the secrets will get closer to you to make you understand the realities.
Let us draw near to God to experience the God who is drawing near to us (Jam 4: 8)