Duplicity

September 29, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Jesus saw Nathanael (Bartholomew) coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.”

DUPLICITY: Did anyone else need to look up the word “duplicity” when you read today’s Gospel? Duplicity, I discovered, means deceitfulness or hypocrisy. So when Jesus saw Bartholomew approaching, He saw a man with no duplicity – someone who was honest, unafraid to speak the truth.

What does Jesus see in us when He sees us coming? Do we speak the truth?

I think we all want to speak the truth. We want to do what is pleasing to God. But many of us also feel uncomfortable when it comes to putting our faith on display, making it public. As I have said many times, as baptized Christians, our faith is personal but not private.

We are a part of one holy, catholic and apostolic church. We are apostles just like Bartholomew. If we don’t speak the truth, who will?

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