August 24, 2015 – Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle
Jesus saw Nathanael (Bartholomew) coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” (John 1:45-51)
Did anyone else need to look up the word “duplicity” when you read today’s Gospel? Duplicity, I discovered, means deceitfulness or hypocrisy. So when Jesus saw Bartholomew approaching, He saw a man with no duplicity – someone who was honest, unafraid to speak the truth.
What does Jesus see in us when He sees us coming? Do we speak the truth?
I think we all want to speak the truth. We want to do what is pleasing to God. But many of us also feel uncomfortable when it comes to rocking the boat. It’s easier to just go with the flow, so we don’t speak up or we wait for someone else to step in.
If someone is questioning our faith, we need to have the confidence to respond. If someone is making a poor moral choice, we need to do our best to educate him. If others are gossiping, we need to help them understand the damage they may cause.
We are a part of one holy, catholic and apostolic church. We are apostles just like Bartholomew. If we don’t speak up, who will?