St Bartholomew: A Little Known Apostle
There is much mystery surrounding this Apostle; very little is known about him. Scripture mentions him in the Gospels (Matt. 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:14) Nathaniel is mentioned in John's Gospel as one being without guile. Many scholars believe Nathaniel and Bartholomew to be the same person.
Whatever the case, I always remember St Bartholomew's feast day because I was born on this day. I am also always intrigued by the feast days people's birthdays fall on. In my own case, I kind of like that guilelessness associated with this saint. I am often told that I am a "what you see is what you get" kind of person.
But this is not about me, but about this saint.
He was believed to be martyred, but even the method of his martyrdom is unsure. Some say he was beheaded, some say he was flayed alive and crucified head down, some say he was both flayed and beheaded. Again the means does not matter, but that he gave his life for Christ does. This too is another example of his I would like to follow (although not the flaying and beheading part!).
St Bartholomew, pray and intercede for us; may no guile be found in us.