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Saturday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 24, 2019

Saturday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time 

 

Rev 21:9B-14

Psalms 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 17-18

Jn 1:45-51


Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle


 

Gospel Reading

 

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 child of Israel. 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 heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

 

Reflection


Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

 

Today we celebrate the feast of St Bartholomew, one among the twelve apostles of Jesus. He was born at Cana of Galilee. There is a tradition that he reached up to India to preach the Gospel. He is often identified as Nathanael mentioned in the Gospel St John. According to John it was Philip who introduced him to Jesus. As per John’s portrayal, Bartholomew was a blunt and guileless person who dared to express his doubts and views in public without wearing masks. However, he was neither an adamant nor an incorrigible person. When he was exposed to the penetrating vision of Jesus, he was open and loud enough to proclaim his new discovery and decided to follow the truth he found. Jesus who read his character like an open book promised him greater miracles in due course.


The two characteristic virtues of Bartholomew: sincerity and openness are the first causalities as we advance in age and culture. Even among pious Christians we come across secret agendas and the hiding of their ambitions and ulterior motives. In contrast, the open and guileless sincerity of Bartholomew is refreshing, like the smile of an infant. Additionally, the gift of reflection and intellect of Bartholomew allows for the development of honest and open conversations about spiritual matters such as the meanings of obscure parts of scripture as well as the fulfillment of biblical prophecies.  A mind open to evidence, open about its concerns and prejudices and a willingness to overcome them, is a mind that God can work with to great effect. The promise of Jesus, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” is not limited to Nathanael alone but to all those who maintain purity of heart. If we do not see God and his angels, our heart is in need of cleansing. There could be too many idols on its alter. Remember the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt 5:8).

 

Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

 

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