August 24, 2015

Saint of the Day

Majestic first reading from Revelation today about how Bartholomew - of whom we know so little as to almost consider him a no-namer, a second tier apostle when even first-tier apostles seem wan compared to the light of Christ in the gospels - is in reality robed in splendor and glory, which shows the glory available to all men should we accept and live it: 

[The New Jerusalem] had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed…And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

I also relished this small detail from a Scott Hahn's Bible dictionary:

The historian Eusebius (Hist. Eccl. 5.10) wrote that when the philosopher Pantaenus reached India (ca. a.d. 150–200), he found there a copy of the Gospel of Matthew written in Hebrew, which had been left behind by Bartholomew.

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