It is a common acceptance among scholars and Catholics that Bartholomew and Nathaneal are the same person. Whereas the name Bartholomew (and may be a last name) appears only in lists of the apostles, we gain a better understanding of St. Bartholomew’s nature in John 1:47b-1:48b when he appears under the name Nathaneal. Brought to the Lord by Philip, Jesus says of Nathaneal: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him” (John 1:47b), meaning he is a true servant of God, inside and out. Let each of us be more like St. Bartholomew as we deepen our faith. St. Bartholomew, pray for us!
O Glorious Saint Bartholomew, Jesus called you a person without guile and you saw in this word a sign that he was the Son of God and King of Israel. Obtain for us the grace to be ever guileless and innocent as doves. At the same time, help us to have your gift of faith to see the Divine hand in the events of daily life. May we discern the signs of the times that lead to Jesus on earth and will eventually unite us to him forever in heaven. Amen.
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