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Thought for the Day – 24 August The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle

Thought for the Day – 24 August The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle

“…Philip told this Nathanael that he had found “him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (Jn 1: 45).   As we know, Nathanael’s retort was rather strongly prejudiced:  “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (Jn 1: 46).   In its own way, this form of protestation is important for us. Indeed, it makes us see that according to Judaic expectations the Messiah could not come from such an obscure village as, precisely, Nazareth (see also Jn 7: 42).

But at the same time Nathanael’s protest highlights God’s freedom, which baffles our expectations by causing Him to be found in the very place where we least expect Him. Moreover, we actually know that Jesus was not exclusively “from Nazareth” but was born in Bethlehem (cf. Mt 2: 1; Lk 2: 4) and came ultimately from Heaven, from the Father who is in Heaven.

Nathanael’s reaction suggests another thought to us:  in our relationship with Jesus we must not be satisfied with words alone.   In his answer, Philip offers Nathanael a meaningful invitation: “Come and see!” (Jn 1: 46). Our knowledge of Jesus needs above all a first-hand experience:  someone else’s testimony is of course important, for normally the whole of our Christian life begins with the proclamation handed down to us by one or more witnesses.

However, we ourselves must then be personally involved in a close and deep relationship with Jesus;  in a similar way, when the Samaritans had heard the testimony of their fellow citizen whom Jesus had met at Jacob’s well, they wanted to talk to Him directly and after this conversation they told the woman:  “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world” (Jn 4: 42).

…To conclude, we can say that despite the scarcity of information about him, St Bartholomew stands before us to tell us that attachment to Jesus can also be lived and witnessed to without performing sensational deeds.   Jesus Himself, to whom each one of us is called to dedicate his or her own life and death, is and remains extraordinary.”

Note: the name “Nathanael” means “God has given”.

Pope Benedict XVI – General Audience 4 October 2006

St Bartholomew Pray for us!

st bartholomew pray for us 2

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Quote of the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle

Quote of the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle

“Here is a true child of Israel. There is no guile in him.”
Bartholomew/Nathanael answered him :
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

John 1:47-48

john 1 47-48


One Minute Reflection – August 24 – The Feast of St Bartholomew

One Minute Reflection – August 24 – The Feast of St Bartholomew

(God) chose to reveal His Son to me
that I might spread among the Gentiles
the good tidings concerning Him…………Galatians 1:16

galatians 1 16

REFLECTION – “No matter where you may be or where you may be working, make sure the world will be renewed upon contact with you.
Make the Lord more present to human beings and the Gospel more known and loved by them.”… Bl Pope Paul VIno matter where you may be - bl pope paul VI

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, teach me to imitate Your divine Son in my life. Grant that by my presence as well as by my deeds, I may bring Christ and His message to everyone I meet. Let me follow Your Apostles and manifest the love and zeal of St Bartholomew. May all the Apostles Pray for us. Amenst bartholomew pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 24 August

Our Morning Offering – 24 August

A Prayer of Self-Dedication
Abbot Louis de Blois O.S.B. (1506-1566)

Lord my God,
rescue me from myself
and give me to You.
Take away everything
that draws me from You
and give me all those things
that lead me to You,
for the sake of Christ, our Lord. Amen

lord my god - abbot louis de blois OSB - aprayer of self-dedication

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Saint of the Day – 24 August – St Bartholomew Apostle of Christ

Saint of the Day – 24 August – St Bartholomew Apostle of Christ – Martyr – Patronages – Armenia; bookbinders; butchers; Florentine cheese and salt merchants; Gambatesa, Italy; Catbalogan, Samar; Għargħur, Malta; leather workers; neurological diseases; plasterers; shoemakers; curriers; tanners; trappers; twitching; whiteners ; Los Cerricos (Spain), 16 further cities all over the world.   Attributes –  cross, elderly man holding a tanner’s knife and a human skin, tanner’s knife, bright red (skinless) man holding his own skin.

Apostles Bartholomew, Andrew, James


Saint Bartholomew is one of the Twelve Apostles, mentioned sixth in the three Gospel lists (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14) and seventh in the list of Acts (1:13).   The name (Bartholomaios) means “son of Talmai” which was an ancient Hebrew name.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn- The apostle Bartholomew (1657)
Rembrandt van Rijn

Besides being listed as an Apostle, he is not otherwise mentioned in the New Testament, at least not under the name Bartholomew:  many ancient writers and Catholic tradition have identified Bartholomew as Nathaniel in the Gospel of John (John 1:45-51, and 21:2).

The Gospel passage read at Mass on the feast of Saint Bartholomew is precisely this passage from John (1:45-51) where Nathaniel is introduced to Jesus by his friend Phillip, and Jesus says of him “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him (1:47).”


We are presented with the Apostle’s character in this brief and beautiful dialogue with the Lord Jesus.   He is a good Jew, honest and innocent, a just man, who devotes much time to quiet reflection and prayer – “under the fig tree (1:48)” – and has been awaiting the Messiah, the Holy One of God.

At Jesus’ mention that “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you (1:48),” Nathaniel responded “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel (1:49)!”

Being “a true child of Israel,” Nathaniel was a man well-read in the Scriptures and knew what they said of the Messiah and where he would come from.   This is why he is skeptical of Phillip’s claim that Jesus is the Messiah, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth (1:46)?”

But Nathaniel was lacking “duplicity” – that is, his heart was undivided, his intentions pure – his openness to reality was always ready to recognise and surrender to the truth when he encountered it.   He remained open to his friend Phillip’s invitation to “Come and see (1:46).”   In encountering Jesus and hearing His words, he found himself face to face with the Truth Himself, and, like John the Baptist’s leap in his mother’s womb at the Lord’s presence, Nathaniel’s words leapt out of his own heart in a clear and simple confession of faith, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

Jesus, in Matthew 5:8, says, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.”   In Nathaniel we have an example of the pure man who sees – recognises –  God when confronted with Him and on seeing Him believes in Him and upon believing in Him, follows Him.

Nothing is known for sure about the life of Nathaniel/Bartholomew after the Ascension of Jesus but tradition holds that he preached in the East and died a martyr’s death in Armenia, being flayed alive for having won converts to the Lord Jesus.



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Saints – 24 August

St Bartholomew the Apostle (Feast) –

St Abban
St Abyce
St Agofridus of Lacroix
Bl André Fardeau
Bl Antonio de Blanes
St Eutychius of Troas
St George Limniotes
St Irchard
St María Micaela of the Blessed Sacrament
Bl Miroslav Bulesic
St Ouen of Rouen
St Patrick the Elder
St Ptolemy of Nepi
St Romanus of Nepi
St Sandratus
St Taziano of Claudiopolis

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Fortunato Velasco Tobar
• Blessed Isidre Torres Balsells
• Blessed Rigoberto Aquilino de Anta Barrio

Martyred in World War II: 6 Beati
Czeslaw Jozwiak
Edward Kazmierski
Edward Klinik
Franciszek Kesy
Jarogniew Wojciechowski
Luis Almécija Lázaro