Ring Out your JOY!
Bell in restoration, Porto, Portugal, Cathedral

Greetings on this the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
Readings: Rv 21:9b-14; PS 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18; Jn 1:45-51
Notes: Everything starts with an invitation. Ring out your bell with JOY!

  • Who can you invite to know Jesus?
  • Do you want me to invite you too?

From the Franciscans:

Today is the Feast of St. Bartholomew the apostle. We don’t know much about the apostles. Even their names vary in the Gospels. Bartholomew and Nathaniel are apparently one person.

Philip is often mentioned with Bartholomew–Nathaniel. Philip does a great service to Bartholomew in today’s Gospel. He introduces him to Jesus, who would become the most important person in his life.

Most of us are not called to proclaim the gospel of Jesus full time as apostles, but we can bring people into touch with Jesus. We can introduce them to him by the way we speak about him, by the reverence we offer him, by the importance we give him. We can play the role of Philip to the Bartholomews in our lives.

First reading
“Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Responsorial Psalm
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.

Alleluia Verse
Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
you are the King of Israel.

Gospel Portion

  1. Philip found Nathanael and told him.
  2. Jesus saw Nathanael and spoke to him.
  3. Jesus affirms Nathanael is living in messianic peace (cf. Mi 4:4; Zec 3:10).
  4. Jesus promises more, much more.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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