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The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost/
Commemoration of St. Bartholomew

Series B

"Jesus: Large and in Charge!"
John 1:43-51
Rev. Kelly Bedard, B.A., M.Div.

Goal: that we would re-commit ourselves to being Jesus' "charges"
Malady: we try to/consider ourselves to be in charge of life
Means: Jesus, more than an earthly deliverer, bringing the presence and promise of God to us 
1. The names have been changed--from Bartholomew, "son of Thalmei," to Nathaniel, "gift of God"--to protect the guilty!
2. dolos {dol'-os} (v47): from an obsolete primary verb, dello (probably meant "to decoy"); guile, subtlety, deceit, craft. (Strong's)
3. All that is known of [St. Bartholomew] with certainty is that he is mentioned in the synoptic gospels and Acts as one of the twelve apostles. His name, a patronymic, means "son of Tolomai," and scholars believe he is the same as Nathaniel mentioned in John, who says he is from Cana and that Jesus called him an "Israelite...incapable of deceit." The Roman Martyrology says he preached in India and Greater Armenia, where he was flayed and beheaded by King Astyages. Tradition has the place as Abanopolis on the west coast of the Caspian Sea and that he also preached in Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt. The Gospel of Bartholomew is apocryphal and was condemned in the decree of Pseudo-Gelasius. Feast Day: August 24. (Catholic Online Saints)


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