St Nathaniel Bar Tholmai

To end the day on a good note (after the lunacies of tec), I remembered that today is my son’s patron saint’s day. Sts John Chrysostom, Cyril of Alexandria, Epiphanius of Cyprus and certain other teachers of the Church regard the Apostle Bartholomew as being the same person as Nathaniel (John 1:45-51, 21:2).

He’s away at a boy scout camp working on his merit badges and working toward his Eagle. He’s been gone since early Sunday morning (heathen leaders) and I miss him quite a lot. Happy day Nathaniel.

The son of Tolmai is one of the twelve apostles (Mt 10:3 Ac 1:13). In the synoptic gospels Philip and Bartholomew are always mentioned together, while Nathanael is never mentioned; in the fourth gospel, on the other hand, Philip and Nathanael are mentioned together, but nothing is said of Bartholomew. He was one of the disciples to whom our Lord appeared at the Sea of Tiberias after his resurrection (Jn 21:2) He was also a witness of the Ascension (Ac 1:4,12,13). Rather than Peter or Thomas, it is Nathaniel who first testified to Jesus’ Lordship in Jn 1.49: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”


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