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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 24 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Revelation 21:9b-14
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
John 1:45-51

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Can anything good come from Nazareth? (John 1:46)

Saint Nathaniel/Bartholomew is heard from infrequently in the gospels. This may be the only recorded statement, however, it is one in which I take great delight!

Nathaniel likes to lay it on the line, and one gets the impression that he has both an innocence and a sardonic wit that would have made him a most entertaining dinner conversation partner. Jesus, upon hearing of Bartholomew's statement, immediately embraced him as one of the inner circle, and it's not hard to see why. Bartholomew's straightforward and clear-eyed observation allowed him to straddle that boundary between innocence and experience that helps each of us best serve God.

As Jesus Himself adjures us, "Be ye wise as serpents and harmless as doves," (see Matthew 10:16) and he gives us as the example of this behavior, St. Bartholomew, whom we celebrate today.

~ JuandelaCruz
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

St. Bartholomew, apostle

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