St. Bartholomew

The Church Standard

All that we know certainly of St. Bartholomew, whose day we keep August 24, is his name in the list of the twelve apostles. It is another case like that of St. James the Great, of how God's chosen servants may spend their lives in His service, and die leaving no record of good deeds behind them. It was enough for St. Bartholomew that he did his Master's will, and was known to God; and it ought to be enough for all those who are following in the apostle's footsteps, the ministers and stewards of Christ's ministry. Some authorities think that Bartholomew was the same as Nathanael, the young man of whom our Lord said: "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" but this is only problematical.

The earliest traditions about St. Bartholomew tell us that he went as a missionary to Northern India, where he left a copy of St. Matthew's Gospel, which was afterwards found by Pantaenus, the great Alexandrian catechist (190 A. D.).

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August 31, 1899

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