Scripture scholars believe that the Nathaniel in John’s Gospel is the same apostle the other Gospels identify as Bartholomew. Jesus recognizes such “authenticity” in Nathanael. As he sees Nathanael coming to meet him, Jesus remarks, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Jesus recognizes in Nathanael a man who not only follows the traditional practices of his faith but lives the values expressed in that tradition. May we possess the “authenticity” that Jesus recognizes in Nathanael.