St Bartholomew is traditionally identified with Nathanael, who was brought to Jesus by St Philip. Here is part of today’s Gospel, from St 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.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”’

Jesus said, ‘Come and see’. That invitation is extended to all of us. We ‘come’ to Jesus, who actually is there already in our hearts, in prayer, in the Sacraments, in God’s Word. How do we experience Him most deeply? It may be worth spending some time reflecting on this today, and prayerfully discerning whether there are other ways He is meeting us and we are not aware.

May St Bartholomew pray for us, and may God bless you this day.