Why didn’t God complete creation in the beginning? Why does he desire that we be co-creators with him? Certainly God did not need us humans to finish his handiwork. Yet he loved us so much that even from the beginning he wanted us to share in the work of creation. Jesus mirrored this love when he chose his twelve apostles to assist him in his ministry.
The angel spoke to me, saying,
I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
coming down out of heaven from God.
It gleamed with the splendor of God.
Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,
like jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a massive, high wall,
with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed
and on which names were inscribed,
the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
There were three gates facing east,
three north, three south, and three west.
The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.
Today we honor Barthol0mew, one of the twelve chosen by the Lamb. Little is known of him other than the fact that he was martyred, possibly while preaching the gospel in India. An Apostle of Jesus, he must have been an extraordinary man.
Saint Bartholomew, pray for us.