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Feast of St. Bartholomew

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 St. Bartholomew, Martyr

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On John 1:41-51

On the feast of St. Bartholomew (a.k.a. Nathanael) the selected readings are from Rev. 21 and John 1:45-51. The selection from John narrates the call of Nathanael who receives news about the Messiah from Philip. When brought to Jesus, he is revealed to Himself. The narrative comes at the climas of a call narrative which begins with John the Baptism pointing out the Lamb of God to two of his disciples who begin to follow Jesus. These two disciples in turn begin calling others to Jesus, telling them to “come and see”. Nathanael was the last in this narrative and gives an opportunity for Jesus to declare himself as the place of revelation, displacing Jacob’s Ladder at Bethel. Nathanael who had been reading the Torah when Philip came to him now beholds the One in and through whom God reveals His will.

The first reading is from Revelation and is about the vision that John beholds at the end of the apocalyptic battle against the Dragon and his kind. The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb now descends from the heavens. The Bride is related to the apostles in that its foundation stones are named after the Twelve whom the Lamb chose and sent out. The responsorial psalm sings of the apostles as the Friends of the Lord who make known to all the glory of His kingdom.

    John 1:41-51
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    41He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him: We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
    42And he brought him to Jesus. And Jesus looking upon him, said: Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted Peter.
    43On the following day, he would go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him: Follow me.
    44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
    45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth.
    46And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see.
    47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.
    48Nathanael saith to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
    49Nathanael answered him, and said: Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the King of Israel.
    50Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see.
    51And he saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
    John 1:19-51
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    19And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to him, to ask him: Who art thou?
    20And he confessed, and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ.
    21And they asked him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: No.
    22They said therefore unto him: Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?
    23He said: I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias.
    24And they that were sent, were of the Pharisees.
    25And they asked him, and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?
    26John answered them, saying: I baptize with water; but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not.
    27The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.
    28These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
    29The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.
    30This is he, of whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because he was before me.
    31And I knew him not, but that he may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
    32And John gave testimony, saying: I saw the Spirit coming down, as a dove from heaven, and he remained upon him.
    33And I knew him not; but he who sent me to baptize with water, said to me: He upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining upon him, he it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
    34And I saw, and I gave testimony, that this is the Son of God.
    35The next day again John stood, and two of his disciples.
    36And beholding Jesus walking, he saith: Behold the Lamb of God.
    37And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
    38And Jesus turning, and seeing them following him, saith to them: What seek you? Who said to him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
    39He saith to them: Come and see. They came, and saw where he abode, and they stayed with him that day: now it was about the tenth hour.
    40And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed him.
    41He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him: We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
    42And he brought him to Jesus. And Jesus looking upon him, said: Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted Peter.
    43On the following day, he would go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him: Follow me.
    44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
    45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth.
    46And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see.
    47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.
    48Nathanael saith to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
    49Nathanael answered him, and said: Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the King of Israel.
    50Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see.
    51And he saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
    John 1:45-51
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    45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth.
    46And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see.
    47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.
    48Nathanael saith to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
    49Nathanael answered him, and said: Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the King of Israel.
    50Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see.
    51And he saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
    John 1:19-45
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    19And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to him, to ask him: Who art thou?
    20And he confessed, and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ.
    21And they asked him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: No.
    22They said therefore unto him: Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?
    23He said: I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias.
    24And they that were sent, were of the Pharisees.
    25And they asked him, and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?
    26John answered them, saying: I baptize with water; but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not.
    27The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.
    28These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
    29The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.
    30This is he, of whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because he was before me.
    31And I knew him not, but that he may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
    32And John gave testimony, saying: I saw the Spirit coming down, as a dove from heaven, and he remained upon him.
    33And I knew him not; but he who sent me to baptize with water, said to me: He upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining upon him, he it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
    34And I saw, and I gave testimony, that this is the Son of God.
    35The next day again John stood, and two of his disciples.
    36And beholding Jesus walking, he saith: Behold the Lamb of God.
    37And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
    38And Jesus turning, and seeing them following him, saith to them: What seek you? Who said to him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
    39He saith to them: Come and see. They came, and saw where he abode, and they stayed with him that day: now it was about the tenth hour.
    40And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed him.
    41He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him: We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
    42And he brought him to Jesus. And Jesus looking upon him, said: Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted Peter.
    43On the following day, he would go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him: Follow me.
    44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
    45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth.
    John 1:45-51
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    45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth.
    46And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see.
    47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.
    48Nathanael saith to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
    49Nathanael answered him, and said: Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the King of Israel.
    50Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see.
    51And he saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

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