August 2021 Letter

St. Bartholomew, Apostle


Even though he was chosen as one of Jesus’ first Twelve disciples, St. Bartholomew (or Nathanael, as he is called in St. John’s Gospel), is known as one of the “lesser” disciples because we know so little about him. He was born in the town of Cana, in Galilee (John 21:2), where Jesus performed His first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana by turning water into wine. (John 2:1-11)


Bartholomew was invited to become one of the Twelve by his friend Philip, who told him that they had found the promised Messiah in the person of Jesus of Nazareth (John 1:45). Bartholomew initially hesitated to believe Philip, because of Jesus’ background from Nazareth—“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46b). After meeting Jesus, his hesitation was quickly replaced by a clear, unequivocal statement of his faith, “You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (John 1:49)


Bartholomew was present with the other disciples (John 21:1-13) when they were privileged to see, converse, and eat with their risen Lord and Savior. According to some Early Church traditions, Bartholomew brought the Gospel to Armenia (north of present day Iran), where he was martyred by being flayed alive. His life and ministry is commemorated each Church year on August 24th.


Almighty God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, chose Bartholomew to be an apostle to preach the blessed Gospel and accepted Your Son’s invitation to be a disciple. Grant that Your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


August Blessings!


Pastor David A. Feddern