“But Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’” (John 1:46)
Today is a day to celebrate the grace of an open heart. St. Bartholomew, follower of Jesus, shows us the grace to grow in understanding. That is often what happens to us when we are faced with challenges in health or life. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Can anything good come out of a clinic visit, hospital stay or personal loss? Indeed, we find over and over again that some good can come out of it. Experience is the best teacher.
That is what we learn in today’s readings. Perhaps we can get a glimpse of how it is for someone undergoing transitions in our family or workplace. I have found it to be true when facing a surgery. Today I can say to Jesus with Bartholomew, “You are the Son of God.”
Sr. Eileen O'Connor
Vocation Director, Sacred Heart Monastery