Bartholomew is often identified with Nathanael in the New Testament, as in this extract from today’s Gospel, from John: ‘The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”’
We too are invited to ‘Come and see’. This same phrase appears a few verses earlier, when the two disciples of John come to Jesus and ask Him, ‘Rabbi, where are you staying?’ and He answers them, ‘Come and see’; and they spend the day with Him.
In our often busy lives, or even lives that are filled with emptiness, we are invited to spend time with Him, to ‘Come and see’ what life with Him is like. May we take up this invitation of such kindness, and be blessed in so doing.