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Liturgical day: August 24th: Bartholomew, apostle

Gospel text (Jn 1,45-51): Nathanael replied, «Can anything good come from Nazareth?». Philip found Nathanael and said to him, «We have found the one that Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets as well: He is Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth». Nathanael replied, «Can anything good come from Nazareth?». Philip said to him, «Come and see». When Jesus saw Nathanael coming, he said of him, «Here comes an Israelite, a true one; there is nothing false in him». Nathanael asked him, «How do you know me?». And Jesus said to him, «Before Philip called you, you were under the fig tree and I saw you». Nathanael answered, «Master, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!». But Jesus replied, «You believe because I said: ‘I saw you under the fig tree’. But you will see greater things than that. Truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we celebrate St. Bartholomew (Nathanael), one of the twelve Apostles. How curious some things are! Nathanael did skate on thin ice by speaking badly of Nazareth, the town of the Virgin. But Jesus received him with the greatest kindness: "Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit." What praise! God is so kind! Nathanael does not know Jesus: he does not even know where He was born. But Jesus, on the other hand, does know Nathanael. And He knows him well!

-A good advice from Philip! "Come and you will see Him!"... Nathanael went, saw and "surrendered": "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." With so little he "surrendered" to God. And you? Do you need much?