Thursday, August 23, 2007
Feast, St. Bartholomew, Apostle
Feast, St. Bartholomew, Apostle
Friday 20th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
The angel spoke to me, saying, "Come here. I will show you the bride,
the wife of the Lamb." He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from
God. It gleamed with the splendor of God. Its radiance was like that
of a precious stone, like jasper, clear as crystal. It had a massive,
high wall, with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed and on
which names were inscribed, the names of the twelve tribes of the
children of Israel. There were three gates facing east, three north,
three south, and three west. The wall of the city had twelve courses
of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.
Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one about whom
Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph,
from Nazareth." But Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come
from Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw
Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true child of
Israel. There is no duplicity in him." Nathanael said to him, "How do
you know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called
you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi,
you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." Jesus answered
and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you
under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this." And he
said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and
the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
We know very little about St. Bartholomew, other than that he is
probably the same Apostle that the Evangelist John calls Nathaniel. If
Bartholomew and Nathaniel are indeed one and the same person, we have
one other bit of certain knowledge about him. He was a man of
integrity, a man to whom Jesus paid an extraordinary compliment. Jesus
called him "a man without guile," a man incapable of deceit.
To how many people in today's world can we offer such a compliment?
Think of the number of times we all put on false faces to try to make
ourselves impressive. Think how often we play around with words to
hide or alter the truth, to mislead those with whom we're speaking.
Dishonesty appears to be a fact of life throughout society these
Jesus thought guilelessness, integrity to be a value. When he found a
guileless person he complimented him. Wouldn't it be a wonderful thing
if Jesus were to call us men and women without guile, men and women of
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Fr. John Weyer
... for the personal intentions of:
- Matet Rey
- Guevara Family
- the San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Trinna, Noc and Chibu
... In Thanksgiving: Balangit Family
... for the eternal repose of the soul of Minda Flowers. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jose Numeriano
... for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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