Today is the Feast of St. Bartholomew. One of the first things Father said at the beginning of Mass was that St. Bartholomew, who was martyred, died for us. I always thought of Jesus dying for us and the martyrs dying for Jesus ~ it hit me that in a way it's also true that the martyrs died for us. If we are willing to die for Jesus, then we should be willing to die for our brothers and sisters, as Jesus equates loving our neighbors with loving him ~ we should really think about this one.
(By the way, the Gospel reading, John 1: 45-51, on the calling of Nathanael Bartholomew is beautiful.)