Reading I:Revelation 21:9b-14
Responsorial: Psalms 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
Gospel: John 1:45-51
St Bartholomew is often said to be the same person as St Nathaniel as there appears to be some difference in the names of the apostles. We don't actually know much about the apostles as people but today's gospel gives us a hint about the personality of Bartholomew. First, he had a sense of humour, "From Nazareth, could anything good come from there?" He was poking fun at Nazareth, a hick town in the north, much as we would say in Ireland, "From Kerry, could...."
The second piece of evidence is a little more serious. Jesus saw him "sitting under a fig trees." Tis phrase, sitting under a fig tree was a Hebrew way of saying "I saw you deep in prayer, in contemplation, reflecting on the world." Bartholomew was a man of prayer.
The third piece of information comes directly from Jesus and thus is true. "There is an Israelite in whom there is no guile" Bartholomew was not a smart ass. He was a kind and humble man, who was unaware of the ways of the world. When we understand these little hints about this saint we have some idea as to why the Lord chose him to be an apostle.