Feast of St. Bartholomew
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On John 1:41-51
- Expository: Come and See
- Exegetical Commentary on John 1:19-51
- Lectio: John 1:45-51
- The Roman Theological Forum: The Call of Nathanael
- John 1:19-45: A Messianic Exegesis
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.
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