Saint Bartholomew (aka Nathanael)
(Feast Day 24 August)

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 Saint Agnes, Saint Bartholomew (holding the knife of his martyrdom), and Saint Cecilia

 

John 1:45-51

Philip sought out Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses spoke of in the law -- the prophets too -- Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth." Nathanael's response to that was, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" and Philip replied, "Come, see for yourself." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, He remarked: "This man is a real Israelite. There is no guile in him." "How do you know me?" Nathanael asked Him. "Before Philip called you," Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree." "Rabbi," said Nathanael, "You are the Son of God; You are the king of Israel." Jesus responded: "Do you believe just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see much greater things than that."

He went on to tell them, "I solemnly assure you, you shall see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

 

Feast of Saint Bartholomew

One of the Apostles chosen by Jesus, was Nathanael, better known as Saint Bartholomew.

His closest friend was Saint Philip, a disciple of Saint John the Baptist whose martyrdom we commemorate later this month. Bartholomew came from Cana in Galilee.

bartholo.jpg (99685 bytes)Saint Bartholomew was renowned for his honesty and simple, strong faith. He is a great inspiration for Catholics today to hold strong to the true faith and renew our loyalty to the Holy Father and Holy Mother Church. Saint Bartholomew knew implicitly that Jesus was the Messiah from his reply in John 1:49, yet originally he is the one the famous quote in John 1:46 is attributed to: "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"

Jesus knew Saint Bartholomew's heart when in John 1:47 Christ said of Bartholomew's heart and soul, "Behold a true Israelite in whom there is no guile." This is a great tribute to this Apostle who was loyal to his Master throughout his apostolate which included India, Mesopotamia, Phrygia, and Arabia after Pentecost. He was marytred in Armenia by pagan Persians who literally skinned him alive peeling the skin from his body.

His relics were brought to Rome in the 10th Century and established this day for his feast for the universal Church. His skull was also recovered and venerated in Frankfurt, Germany since 1238. This Apostle is revered as Patron of the Sick.