Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Some More On St Bartholomew

 In St John's Gospel, Bartholomew is referred to as Nathaniel. He is the one Jesus spots sitting under the fig tree. I have always suspected that the fig tree has some deeper symbolic meaning other than simply a place for Nathaniel to catch some shade.
This morning at Mass our priest gave a wonderful homily explaining more about the symbolism of the fig tree. As it turns out, in Jewish tradition the fig tree was a symbol for the Torah~ God's Word. It was further held that someone sitting under a fig tree received that word~symbolized by the fruit itself. The figs being as drops of God's word being given to the person there who is waiting for it and ready to be nourished by it.
I felt a little like those disciples on the road to Emmaus having Scripture opened up to them!
That message and symbolism is there for us just as it was for Nathaniel (Bartholomew). We are given God's Word in Holy Scripture; every word of the Bible points to Our Lord. We as Catholics are blessed to take part in God not just in His Word in Scripture, but in His very self in the sacrament of the Eucharist.
So go ahead~find the nearest fig tree, take your Bible along and be nourished by the fruit of God's Word.

1 comment:

Robert B said...

Hmmm ... no fig trees in Maine. Will a maple tree do? ;-)

I love the symbolism throughout Scriptures. It is truly enchanting.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.