Thursday 24 August 2023

About Today Readings

St Bartholomew

Apocalypse 21:9-14. Your friends tell the glory of your kingship, Lord – Psalm 144(145):10-13, 17-18. John 1:45-51.

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

These are the first words we hear from Bartholomew – called Nathanael here – in John’s Gospel. Like all of us, he shared the prejudices of his time. Nazareth was a tiny town far removed from the political and religious heart of Israel in Jerusalem, and not even mentioned in non-Christian writings of the time. Who could reasonably expect to prophet to come from there?

Yet this apostle was not totally controlled by his prejudices. He was willing to go to see Jesus. In their encounter, he came to judge differently.

Jesus, let me be open to you and to other people, aware of my prejudices but ready to see more deeply to the real person beneath the outward image of the other.

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