Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle, 24 August
The Gospel Today
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses and the prophets wrote about in the law. He is Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
Here comes and Israelite, a true one; there is nothing false in him.
Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming, he said to him, “Here comes an Israelite, a true one; there is nothing false in him.” Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” And Jesus said to him, “Before Philip called you, you were under the fig tree, and I saw you.”
Nathanael answered, “Master, you are the Son of God! You are the king of Israel!” But Jesus replied, “You believe because I said, ‘I saw you under the fig tee.’ But you will see greater things than that.”
“Truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
The Catholic church assumes that Nathanael (Nathaniel) and St Bartholomew is one person Ref. Bartholomew in Aramaic is bar-Tôlmay, which means son of Talmai. So, it could be that Nathanael is the first name who is the son of Talmai.
Jesus referred to Nathanael as a genuine person, “there’s nothing false in him.” We all look for someone like Nathanael – a person you would like to have as a friend, one who is true, one who can be trusted, one who would not do anything wrong. Someone who sees what is right from wrong; and does what is only right. Within, we also search for the nathanael in us. We wish we could be. How hard is it to be a nathanael?