Feast of St Bartholomew (Nathaniel or in Hebrew Nathanael)
The Gospel of John 1:45-49 is a compass for our refection: “Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth,’ ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael; asked him, ‘Where did you get to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Nathanael changes from an almost sarcastic distrust to the admiration of unexpected faith. This change takes place when Jesus surprises him by revealing that he know him in depth: "…I saw you under the fig tree."
Silvio Sassi, SSP