Like many of the Apostles, we don’t know all that much about today’s saint, Bartholomew, the ‘son of consolation’, as its etymology suggests in Hebrew whom our Tradition identifies with the ‘Nathaniel’, which is ‘God has given’, the enigmatic figure in the first chapter of Saint John’s Gospel:
When the Apostle Philip approached Nathaniel, declaring that he had found the One Who fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, ‘Jesus of Nazareth’, the same Nathaniel is the one who asked that famous question, applied to any number of Podunk towns across the world: ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’.
But along he went with