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Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Heavenly Father, thank you for the new day. May your name be respected and held holy in our life and our world today. Your will be done, your sovereignty on earth come with power and might and finality, just as it has already come in heaven. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Psalm 46:10: Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
  Today's Readings ... (August 24, 2011)
Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
First Reading: Revelation 21:9b-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:10-11,12-13,17-18
Gospel: John 1:45-51

  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (John 1:45-51)
What is the significance of Jesus' exposure of seeing Nathanial under the fig tree? The fig tree was a representation of God's blessing and peace. It gives shade from the midday sun and a cool place to retreat and relax. It is possible that Philip spoke with Nathaniel about the Messiah under the shade of the fig tree. Or perhaps this was Nathanial's preferred place for daily prayer and meditation on God's word. Maybe he dozed off for a midday nap and dreamed of God's kingdom like Jacob did as he slept under the stars and saw a dream of a great ladder or stairway which united earth through heaven. Nathaniel acknowledged Jesus as Messiah and Lord because Jesus spoke to the requirement of his innermost being – his desire to know God in person and to be united with him in his magnificence. Jesus' reply to Nathanial's new faith is the assurance that he himself will be the "ladder which makes-one earth with heaven". God had opened a door for Jacob that brought him and his people into a new connection with the living God. In Jacob's vision God revealed his innocent host and showed him the throne of heaven and assurance to Jacob that he and descendants would reside with the living God.

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