St Bartholomew is regarded as the most honest of the apostles:
'Nazareth ? Can anything good come from there?'
St Philip reassures him gently:
"Come and See !"
Our Lord saw in Nathanael a man free of the tortuous complications that so often affect pious people. Nathanael had the prized virtue of simplicity; Jesus called him “a true Israelite in whom there is no guile” (Jn 1:47). Nathanael had no hidden agenda. What came out of his mouth was what he held in his heart.
When second century popes sent missionaries to India they found pockets of thriving Christian communities and discovered a hebrew copy of matthew's gospel. The apocryphal Acts of Abdias refer to a man who lived his life where his preaching, good works and agonising death were one intense prayer.
With Our obsessions regarding liturgy or legislation or faux-simplicity....
We need to look to the truly simple man who went about his Master's business in a distant land; and died horrifically for his love and faith.