Philip to Bartholomew: "Come and see"


Today Holy Mother Church celebrates the feast of the apostle Bartholomew. In the famous Last Supper painting that I’ve posted above, today’s saint is the one of the very left.

A friend of Philip, he was somewhat skeptical about Nazareth as the place that Jesus had come from. He said, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Haha! Apparently Nazareth had a terrible reputation at the time, especially among religious. Immorality there was rampant. And yet, God chose it anyway. There’s a lesson there.

He wasn’t convinced. I think we can learn something important from Philip’s response: “Come and see.” He could have attempted to explain, to defend, etc., but he knew it would be better for Bartholomew to see for himself.

And he did. There’s something to learn from that, too.

And then, at the Sea of Galilee, Christ tells Bartholomew: “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no guile.” Bartholomew asks Jesus how he knew him. Jesus says: “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Another lesson!

St. Bartholomew is the patron saint of: Armenia, tanners, cheese merchants, plasterers, those who suffer from nervous tics.

Perhaps the best lesson we can learn from St. Bartholomew: that he was an apostle. And he spread the faith.

St. Bartholomew: Pray for us!