Bartholomew, the Apostle

Today is a special day in the Church Year, as we commemorate the apostle Bartholomew. Not much is known about his life, although the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke list him among the disciples. Some scholars think he is also found in John’s gospel, but known by the name Nathanael.  One of the assigned readings for today is from one of Paul’s letters to Corinth. Here’s part of it:

You, then, are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles or have the gift of healing? Do all speak in tongues, or do all have the gift of interpretation of tongues? Set your hearts on the greater gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:27, 29-31a, The Inclusive Bible)

This reading is very similar to yesterday’s reading from Romans. Not surprisingly, there is a lot in the bible about each of us being a little different, yet God has a use for all of us. Bartholomew wasn’t anything special, but an ordinary guy who happened to meet Jesus.  And God used him to bring the message of love east to India and Armenia.

How is God using you?  Where might God be leading you? Who can you share God’s love with today?

God, thank you for Bartholomew and all the apostles. Help us to live by their example, so that all people might know of your love. Amen.

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