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One Minute Reflection – 24 August – ” You shall see greater things than that.” John 1:48

One Minute Reflection – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ, Readings: Revelation 21: 9b-14,Psalms 145: 10-1112-1317-18John 1: 45-51

“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.” … John 1:48

REFLECTION – “Now Jacob had been called in Scripture a man without guile. Jacob himself, as you know, was surnamed Israel. That is why in the Gospel, when the Lord saw Nathanael, he said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile.” And that Israelite, not yet knowing who was speaking to him, replied, “How do you know me?” And the Lord said to him, “While you were under the fig tree I saw you,” as though to say, “While you were under the shadow of sin, I predestined you.” And Nathanael, remembering he had been under the fig tree where the Lord had not been, recognised the divinity in Him and answered, “You are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.” Though he was under the fig tree, he did not become a withered fig tree – he acknowledged Christ. And the Lord said to him, “Because I said, While you were under the fig tree I saw you, is that why you believe? You shall see greater things than that.”

What are these greater things? “Amen, I tell you.” Because that man is an Israelite in whom there is no guile, look back to Jacob, in whom there is no guile and recollect, when Jesus tells you, the stone at his head, the vision in his sleep, the stairs from earth to heaven, the beings coming down and going up and then see, what the Lord says to the Israelite without guile: “You shall see heaven opened”—listen, guileless Nathanael, to what guileless Jacob saw—“and angels going up and coming down”—to whom?—“to the Son of man.””St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of Grace – Sermon 89

PRAYERCollect: Strengthen in us, O Lord, the faith,
by which the blessed Apostle Bartholomew
clung wholeheartedly to Your Son,
and grant that
through the help of his prayers
Your Church may become for all the nations,
the sacrament of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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Our Morning Offering – 24 August – Great Saint of God, Bartholomew

Our Morning Offering – 24 August – Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ

Great Saint of God, Bartholomew
Breviary Hymn for the
Feast of St Bartholomew

Great Saint of God, Bartholomew,
Apostle now enthroned above,
Our lowly supplications hear,
Accept our hymn of praise and love.

With tender eyes Christ welcomed you.
Among His Twelve you would have part.
You wondered as He greatly praised
Your deep sincerity of heart.

He whom the prophets had foretold,
Foreshadowed too in many ways,
The great Messiah, come at last,
Smiled back to greet your joyous gaze.

Heart spoke to heart and from that day,
Your faith and love in strength would gain,
For you would follow Him in death
And then for ever with Him reign.

Apostle and close friend of Christ
Who rules beyond the chain of time,
You share in joy your Master’s life,
And help us from that fount sublime.

To Him be glory and all praise
Who by your help and loving prayer,
Will grant that we in heaven’s home
Your everlasting joy may share.
Amen

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Thought for the Day – 24 August – “God has given”

Thought for the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

The name “Nathanael” means “God has given”

“The apostles’ glory is so indistinguishable and so bonded together by the cement of so many graces that in celebrating the feast of one of them the common greatness of all is called to our interior attention. For they share together the same authority of supreme judge, the same honourable rank and they hold the same power to bind and loose (Mt 19:28; 18:18).   They are those precious pearls that Saint John tells us he beheld in the Book of Revelation out of which are constructed the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem (Rv 21:21.14)…   And indeed, whenever the apostles beam divine light through their signs or miracles, they open up the heavenly glory of Jerusalem, to all those peoples who have been converted to the christian faith…

Of them, too, the prophet says: “Who are these who fly along like clouds?” (Is 60:8)…  God raises the minds of His preachers to contemplation of truths on high… so that they can abundantly pour down the rain of God’s word into our hearts.   Thus they drink water from the spring, so as to give drink to us too.

Saint Bartholomew drew from the fullness of this spring, when the Holy Spirit came upon him, as on the other apostles, in the form of tongues of fire (Acts 2:3).”

St Peter Damian (1007-1072) – Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Sermon 42, 2nd for Saint Bartholomew, PL 144, 726)

St Bartholomew, Pray for Us!st-bartholomew-pray-for-us-24-aug-2018.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 24 August – “Come and see.”

One Minute Reflection – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

Philip said to him, “Come and see.” … John 1:46

REFLECTION – “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 witnesse, but afterwards, we, ourselves, have to become personally committed, in a deep and intimate relationship with Jesus.” … Pope Benedict XVI – General Audience, 4 November 2006come and see john 1 45 - in our relationship with jesus - pope benedict 24 aug 2019

PRAYER – Almighty Lord and Father, strengthen in us that faith with which St Bartholomew gave himself wholeheartedly to Christ Your Son.   Grant, at his intercession, that Your Church may become the Sacrament of salvation, for all the nations of the earth.   We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord and Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever, amen.st-bartholomew-pray-for-us-2.jpg
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