Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

“The Call of Nathanael”
John 1:45-51 in a tercet
Feast of Saint Bartholomew
©️2021 Gloria M. Chang

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.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.” 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.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” 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.” 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.”

John 1:45-51

Nathanael, follow me.
Greater things shall you see
Than my fig tree prophecy.

4 Replies to “Saint Bartholomew, Apostle”

  1. Dear GMC, thank you for your reflection. It reminds me of a Passionist reflection that asks us, “Who is Jesus to you.” I’m always worried whether my answer will be too small or big enough for our Lord. And now I know, to say it like Nathanael and mean it like Peter. Our Lady of China, pray for us and thank Your Son for the way he reveals Himself to us through the Word of God and the words of all his holy people and creatures. Can’t forget our beloved snails!

  2. Dear GMC, to further clarify, if needed, I based my “say it like, mean it like” comment on something you said on your related post, Fig Trees, Dreams and Ladders: “St. John Chrysostom noted a similarity between Nathanael’s proclamation and that of Peter: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Nathanael’s “Son of God,” however, was still earthly: he was the “King of Israel.” Peter’s Christ was divine—the King of the Universe (Homilies on the Gospel of John 21.1). Thank God for your reflections and beautiful gardens. They heal.

    “Keep your eyes on Jesus.” –Passionist homily

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