St. Bartholomew, by Rembrandt
St. Bartholomew is the patron of our parish,
his feast day is
Who is St. Bartholomew?
He is one of the Twelve Apostles (cf. Mt 10: 3; Mk 3: 18; Lk 6: 14; Acts 1: 13). He has traditionally been identified with Nathanael. This Nathanael came from
When Jesus sees Nathanael approaching, he exclaims: "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile!" (Jn 1: 47). This provokes the curiosity of Nathanael who answers in amazement: "How do you know me?" (Jn 1: 48). Jesus says: "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you" (Jn 1: 48). We do not know what had happened under this fig tree. It had to do with a decisive moment in Nathanael's life. His heart is moved by Jesus' words, he feels understood: "This man knows everything about me, he knows and is familiar with the road of life; I can truly trust this man". And so he answers with a clear and beautiful confession of faith: "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" (Jn 1: 49). This confession is the first step in the journey of attachment to Jesus.
According to information handed down by Eusebius, the fourth-century historian, a certain Pantaenus is supposed to have discovered traces of Bartholomew's presence even in
This picture was donated by Dr. Patrick Di Iorio.