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St. Bartholomew

Revelation 21:9-14
Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18
John 1:45-51

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"Philip sought out Nathanael..." —John 1:45

In the world of social media, the word "friend" has taken on a nebulous meaning. St. Philip shows the power of a true friend. Jesus calls Philip to follow Him (Jn 1:43). The first thing Philip does is seek out his good friend Nathanael (also called Bartholomew) (Jn 1:45). Philip tells Nathanael about Jesus, ignores his friend's sarcastic response, and invites Nathanael to come and see for himself (Jn 1:45-46). Then Philip gets out of the way and allows Jesus to take over (see Jn 3:30). Nathanael's friendship with Philip overcame any of his prejudices, and so Nathanael had a profound, life-changing encounter with Jesus. Nathanael became one of the twelve apostles and a cornerstone of the Church (Eph 2:20; Rv 21:14).

Which of your friends need Jesus? Certain people might never come to Jesus but for you. The Lord has put these people in your life because they've put Him out of their life. Yet they haven't put you out of their life. Be a Philip. Be such a good friend that your friends will trust you enough to come and see for themselves (see Jn 1:46).

Prayer:  Father, may I be a good ambassador for Your kingdom (2 Cor 5:20). Use me to arrange many meetings between my friends and Your Son.

Promise:  "You will see much greater things than that." —Jn 1:50

Praise:  The Church "rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone" (Eph 2:20). St. Bartholomew and all the apostles, pray for us.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

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Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 15, 2019

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