The Greater Things

The Gospel Today
Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
John 1:45-51

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.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Ramon Jamora)

It seems natural for any person to believe something or someone after having experienced it or encountered the person. It is quite rare to know someone who easily believes. But what is good about this attitude is the fact that at the end of it, we believe.

As we celebrate the feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle, we not only commemorate him as a follower of Christ but we also reaffirm our faith through the Apostles. He is one of the witnesses of Jesus. Our faith lies in the accounts of the apostles. Every time we recite the Apostles Creed, we profess that we believe in Jesus through the Apostles.

Perhaps it is good to look on who we believe with regards our faith. If we believe in those who preach in our time, why not believe in those who really have encountered Jesus, the Apostles, or the early Church Father?

The Catholic faith holds firm in its Traditions. These are treasures that the Apostles have received from our Lord Jesus. The Traditions have been handed on from one generation to the next. We have already seen greater things, do we still not believe?

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