It is 24th August 2016. We celebrate the feast day of St. Bartholomew, the Apostle. He preached in Arabia and India. He was martyred being scourged alive in Armenia. The entrance Antiphon of the Eucharist invites us to “proclaim the salvation of God day by day; tell among the nations God’s glory.” (Ps.96:2). We too are invited to be the witnesses of the Gospel in a given situation. Let us use every opportunity to share the Word of God with someone and bring a new person to Christ everyday. This indeed is the obligation laid on our shoulders. The readings are from Revelations 21:9-14; and the Gospel from John 1:45-51. The first reading teaches us that the New Jerusalem has twelve foundation stones. New Jerusalem is symbolized as the Church and the apostles as its foundation. The people of God are the fortified wall of the Church. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Your friends make known O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.” (Ps.145:12). In the gospel we see Nathanael (Nathaniel) being brought to Jesus and we read of his declaration of faith because of what Jesus said to him. It is believed that this Nathanael is the St Bartholomew we honour today. How often we make effort to bring someone to be introduced to Jesus. Unless we experience Jesus personally and intimately, we cannot inspire and lead someone to Jesus. Our personal encounter is possible in the Sacraments and in the downtrodden. May the Lord bless you to be the witness for Christ even in the odd situations. Have a good day.

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