Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle.

"Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” (John 1: 45).

Monday 24th August 2020, 21st Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr. St Bartholomew is also known as Nathanael. Tradition says that St Bartholomew worked and was martyred in India.

When Philip told his friend Bartholomew that they found Jesus, he said:  “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
But Philip, the excellent Evangelizer said to him, “Come and see.” Both Philip and Bartholomew fellowshipped with Jesus that afternoon and both became His disciples.

Who is Jesus planning to draw near to Him through you? Evangelization should not be a scary topic. It could be likened to seeing a deal or sales promotion in the supermarket or Amazon and sharing that information with a friend.

For Evangelization, the first step might be sharing Scripture or spiritual content with someone. For example, sharing this post with a friend. Then you can invite the friend to a special event in your parish or Mass. You start with one person and before you know it, you have dozens from family, friends and co-workers in your list. And your list continues to grow. A lady teacher I met in an early morning Mass in my parish many years ago sent me an inspiring Bible verse by text message later that day. She did the same thing the next day. After about seven days, I got the message and started sending out daily Bible verse.

Be a Philip. Introduce somebody to Jesus today. Share your faith.

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