August 24, 2019
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Bartholomew, the Apostle about whom Jesus said, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” He was identified immediately by Jesus as a man worthy of being one of His chosen Apostles.
And Bartholomew, called Nathanael in John’s gospel, immediately recognized Jesus as “the Son of God” and “King of Israel.” There was a kindred spirit between the two from the start.
However, we must not overlook the importance of the role of Philip in this gospel story: Without Philip, there is no Bartholomew the Apostle. Philip was the catalyst, the motivator. Without Philip, Bartholomew would have remained sitting under the fig tree.
Philip was passionate about Jesus. He wanted others to feel the same excitement about this strange and wonderful man as he did. It was Philip that extended a personal invitation, saying simply, “Come and see.”
Bartholomew had already decided seeing Jesus was not worth his time, saying, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip disregarded this flippant remark saying, “Come and see.”
God wants us to be passionate about our faith. He wants us to be excited and fully committed to living out His will for us. However, there is more – He wants us to invite others to “Come and see.”
Leave no one on the sideline. Leave no one sitting under the fig tree.