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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memorial of the Apostle Bartholomew of Canaa of Galilee. His body is kept in the church of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island, in Rome, which has become the memorial place for the “New Martyrs.”Memorial of Jerry Essan Masslo, a South African refugee who came to Italy and was welcomed by the Community of Sant’Egidio. He was killed by robbers. With him we remember all refugees.

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 1, 45-51

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.'

Nathanael said to him, 'From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?' Philip replied, 'Come and see.'

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, 'There, truly, is an Israelite in whom there is no deception.'

Nathanael asked, 'How do you know me?' Jesus replied, 'Before Philip came to call you, I saw you under the fig tree.'

Nathanael answered, 'Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.'

Jesus replied, 'You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You are going to see greater things than that.'

And then he added, 'In all truth I tell you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today the Church celebrates the apostle St. Bartholomew. He was from Cana in Galilee, and the fourth Gospel identifies him by the name Nathanael (meaning “God has given”). His friend Philip called him and brought him to Jesus, who looking at him said: “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” But meeting the young prophet from Nazareth--like for Andrew and Philip--was a turning point for Nathanael. He decided to change his life. He left his home and family and followed Jesus, who would have called him to join the Twelve. Tradition has it that Nathanael went and preached the Gospel in India and Armenia after Pentecost, and that he died in Armenia, skinned alive as a martyr. His body rests in the Roman Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island which became the memorial place of the New Martyrs of the 20th century. This passage tells us about his encounter with Jesus. Philip--who had already met the prophet from Nazareth--told Nathanael about the extraordinary power of this young prophet. Nathanael replied with the typical realism of a honest man: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip did not make any attempt to solve Nathanael’s doubt, instead he invited him to meet Jesus. And indeed faith is not the result of an argument. It is a personal encounter with Jesus. While Nathanael was going closer he heard good words about himself by Jesus. Not only that. We may say that honesty alone, even-though praised by Jesus, was not enough to save him. An intimate relationship with Jesus is necessary. That young prophet from Nazareth made him understand he was already loved by Jesus, before meeting Him: “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” The personal encounter with Jesus illuminated that righteous man’s heart-- he felt deeply known and said: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!” Jesus, hearing this confession of faith promised him he would see greater things than that. This is His ambition for that group of followers. Maybe they did not even realize it. But the Lord entrusted them his very mission. This is why he will say later to Peter and all disciples that they will receive hundred times what they have left.

Memory of the Apostles

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