A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 24 August

St Bartholomew, Apostle (F)

Apocalypse 21:9-14; Psalm 145; John 1:45-51

From Nazareth?

They all stand with us. In Los Angeles the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is decorated with life-size wall hangings of the apostles, saints ancient and recent, all facing the altar. I love this depiction, as it reminds me that my belief in Jesus may seem a rather fragile hold on mystery but actually they, including Bartholomew stand with us. If we come from Tuatapere, Akaroa, Raglan or Taihape, it is of no consequence to the love God tenderly holds for us. Bartholomew protests about origins in Nazareth and ends up with a more expanded view of God’s geography.


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