Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?” This is Nathaniel’s response to Philip when Philip had told him he had found “The One,” that is the Son of God. Nathaniel is in disbelief. He sees Nazareth one way, and that’s it. And that way is negative.
Nathaniel puts a label on something and keeps it that way. How many of us do the same? How many of us look at things, or at people, and judge because of a label we have put on it or on them? At those times when we have that same attitude like Nathaniel did in our Gospel, may we remember who was at the receiving end of this bias, our Lord. And try not to judge as Nathaniel did.
Reflection by Fr. Macario Martinez, OSB