Bartholomew is one of the least mentioned and least known of the original Twelve Apostles of Christ. He was born in the first Century AD in Cana and was martyred several years later in Albanopolis, Armenia. Although some commentators reject this notion, many believe that Nathaniel and Saint Bartholomew are one. If true, we know that Nathanael, a man from Cana in Galilee was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Of him, Jesus said, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is no guile.” (John 1:47b). He was also, then, one of those to whom Jesus appeared after His resurrection. After fishing all night unsuccessfully, they saw a man standing on the shore. He instructed them to cast their net again, and the catch was so plentiful they couldn’t haul it in. Invited to cook some of the fish and eat with this mysterious man, they recognized Him as Jesus, their Lord.
There are three Christian traditions regarding Bartholomew’s death. One tradition teaches that he was kidnapped, beaten unconscious, and thrown into the sea to drown. Another maintains that he was crucified upside down, while a third, and the most widely accepted, says he was flayed (skinned alive) and beheaded in Albanopolis, Armenia. Tradition maintains that Bartholomew’s conversion of Polymius, the king of Armenia, to Christianity, enraged the king’s brother, prince Astyages who feared a Roman backlash. The Prince, in retaliation, ordered Bartholomew tortured and executed.
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle is the patron saint of those who struggle with nervousness and any sort of mental issues. Let his name be a reminder of the love and grace of the Lord in our times of stress!