BARTHOLOMEW lived near Bethsaida and was also known as Nathaniel. Philip, his friend, was a disciple of John the Baptist. One evening Philip told Nathaniel that John the Baptist had pointed out the Messias as the Redeemer and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.Prayer
When Jesus saw the two friends coming, He spoke to Nathaniel, "Behold an Israelite indeed in whom there is no evil." Nathaniel then made this act of faith: "Master, You are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel."
To be so pure and noble that even the Lord considered him "without evil" is the great honor of Nathaniel. He was honest and simple and strong in his faith.
Nathaniel was on the lake shore when Jesus showed Himself after His Resurrection. He and some of the Apostles fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus told them to cast the net once more, and they caught many fish. After the Ascension, Nathaniel preached the Gospel in Arabia and India.
Lord, strengthen in us that Faith by which Your Apostle, St. Bartholomew adhered to Your Son with sincerity of mind. Through his intercession, grant that Your Church may become a sacrament of salvation for all nations.
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