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<< Monday, August 24, 2009 >> St. Bartholomew
 
Revelation 21:9-14
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Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18 John 1:45-51
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FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING

 
"Jesus responded: 'Do you believe just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see much greater things than that.' " —John 1:50
 

Bartholomew (Nathanael) was prejudiced against Jesus because Jesus came from Nazareth (Jn 1:46). Yet after Jesus mentioned He saw Nathanael under the fig tree, Nathanael changed completely, moved from prejudice to faith, and acknowledged Jesus as "the Son of God" and "the King of Israel" (Jn 1:49).

Why was Nathanael so impressed by Jesus' remark that He saw him under the fig tree? What was Nathanael doing under the fig tree? No one knows why the fig tree was so significant to Nathanael. Some Bible commentators mention that the fig tree could be symbolic of the Israelite nation (see Mk 11:12ff). Thus Jesus' reference to the fig tree would have special symbolic significance. Others see Jesus using the supernatural gift of knowledge, as He did with the Samaritan woman at the well (Jn 4:18). Jesus could have been noting a secret sin Nathanael committed under the fig tree (see 1 Cor 14:24-25). Another possible interpretation is that Nathanael was praying under the fig tree, praying for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus presented Himself as the immediate Answer to Nathanael's prayer.

On this special feast day, let the Lord speak to you symbolically, prophetically, and/or prayerfully. You'll never be the same.

 
Prayer: Father, may I hear You say something today that changes my heart.
Promise: "The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth." —Ps 145:18
Praise: St. Bartholomew, whose name Nathanael means "gift of God," received God's prophetic word with such zeal that he gave up everything and followed Jesus.
 
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Hearing God, or on audio AV 45-1 or video V-45.)
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 11, 2009.
 
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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