May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Bartholomew the Apostle

Learn more about St. Bartholomew: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=390

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082415.cfm

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.” 

They had no air conditioning back then, so it was normal for people to sit in the cool shade of a fig tree, especially those who studied Scripture. Nathanael was one of those people. Hhe would sit there studying Scripture looking for signs of the Messiah. When Jesus spoke to him, he immediately knew that this was the one he had been searching for, the Christ, the Messiah. Will you recognize Jesus because of the studying you have done? Because of the knowledge you have of Him? Jesus promised if you do you will see even greater things. Why would you not want to see that? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try to know you as Nathaniel did. I want to see greater things just as you promised. Help me Lord when I waiver. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

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