O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who did give to your Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your Word: Grant, we beseech you, unto your Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Genesis 28:10-17; Psalm 15; Acts 5:12-16; Luke 22:24-30
Very little information is available in Scripture about the Apostle Bartholomew (known in the Gospel of John as Nathaniel). Nevertheless, as one of the twelve, he is held in high esteem by the Church. The reading from Acts tells us of the great ministry shared by all the Apostles, and the Gospel reading tells us of the great authority given to the Apostles by Jesus himself. The Old Testament, meanwhile, provides a typology for us: just as Jacob had a special vision of angels ascending and descending a ladder from heaven to earth for the benefit of those who came after him, so has Bartholomew (and the other Apostles) had a special vision of Christ ministry on earth and ascending to heaven for the benefit of those who came after him! And so we are encouraged by the Psalm and Collect to imitate his righteousness of life and commitment to the Word of God.