READINGS for 2009-08-24
Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle
ST. VINCENT DE PAul
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote….” – John 1:45b
With St. Vincent’s genuine service for the poor, no doubt he “found the one about whom Moses wrote.”
When he founded the Daughters of Charity, he told his sisters that their cloister would be the streets and their chapel the parish church. He made it clear that their mission was to bring love and care to the poor.
Earlier, he established the Confraternities of Charity, which were groups of devoted people who provided continued help to the poorest of the poor. A few years later, he founded the Congregation of the Mission, a congregation of priests in the service of the poor. We know them better as Vincentian priests.
In a letter to a priest, St. Vincent wrote, “O what happiness is yours in doing the work that He did! He came to preach the Good News to the poor, and that is your calling and your work. If our perfection is found in charity… there is no greater means of achieving it than by giving oneself for the salvation of souls and being consumed like Jesus Christ for them.”
Is your heart consumed for Jesus? Cristy Galang
Does your life show that you’ve found the One whom the prophets have written about long ago?
Lord Jesus, make me on fire for You. May my desire for You lead me to evangelize others, especially the poor.
One of the roles of an apostle or any minister of the Gospel is to reveal a vision of a loving God to those who do not know Him. In today’s world, many are questioning the existence of God or even our need for Him. It is imperative for the Church to be active in proclaiming the Gospel so that we do not leave people wondering about what the Church really believes. The apostles, one of whom was Bartholomew, gave their lives in doing this. I hope we are willing to do the same.
9 The angel spoke to me, saying, “Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It gleamed with the splendor of God. Its radiance was like that of a precious stone, like jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a massive, high wall, with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed and on which names were inscribed, [the names] of the twelve tribes of the Israelites. 13 There were three gates facing east, three north, three south, and three west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
P S A L M
Psalm 145:10-11. 12-13. 17-18
R: Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
10 Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. 11 Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. (R) 12 Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. (R) 17 The LORD is just in all his ways and holy in all his works. 18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. (R)
G O S P E L
Bartholomew is called Nathaniel in John’s Gospel. As we reflect upon the lives of the apostles today, as we know very little of Bartholomew, it is good to ask ourselves what will it take to inspire us to be as committed as the apostles were in serving the Gospel. Jesus calls us to exactly what they did in the service of the Kingdom of God. Are you and I willing to give up our own desires and put those of God first?
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” 46 But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.” 48 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.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51 And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
think: Are you willing to give up your own desires and put those of God first?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Maccabees 1-2
“cAn Anything good come From nAZAreth?”
Interesting is this question in today’s Gospel passage, uttered by Nathanael (or Bartholomew, our saint for today). There must have been a tinge of sarcasm in it. Nevertheless, Philip (who brought the good news about Jesus to Nathanael) replied in a very objective manner to the question. He told Nathanael, “Come and see.” And so Nathanael (who, by the way, was described by one author as “the man of plain realism, of practical experience and personal knowledge”) heeded the advice of Philip. He came, he saw, and he was conquered by the prophet-carpenter from Nazareth. As Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, He made a remark about him: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.”
In a way, it proves that Jesus didn’t harbor any grudges or hard feelings against Nathanael. He complemented the disciple for his transparent sincerity and splendid straightforwardness. Nathanael’s initial unbelief or skepticism had been overcome by a demonstration of the superhuman knowledge of Jesus, so much so that he confessed Him to be the Son of God. To think that he would see greater wonders yet!
There must be some point in our lives when in spite of our skepticism, we nevertheless give Jesus the benefit of the doubt. We gave Him a try; we took Him for His word; we responded to His call. And the gamble paid off, didn’t it? Certainly there is something great that comes from Nazareth: no less than our Lord Jesus Christ, who trusts us so much as to call us to discipleship as well! Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
Do I sincerely believe in Jesus and His role in my life?
Lord, increase my faith in You. Help me to center my life in You.
St. Bartholomew, Apostle, pray for us.
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