Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Friday, August 23, 2013

St. Bartholomew

Tomorrow is the feast of St. Bartholomew, one of the Twelve as listed in the Synoptic Gospels, and, in the opinion of most scholars, to be the same person as Nathanael, the "Israelite indeed," in the Gospel of John, Nathanael being a surname.

Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile!" 
Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?"
 Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
 Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man." (John 1:47-51)

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