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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Reflection 2020-11-30 Monday Week 1 of Advent - St Andrew

Romans 10:9-18; Psalm 19; Matthew 4:18-22
St Andrew
We celebrate the Feast of St Andrew, the patron of our Diocese. In John’s Gospel, Andrew was one of the first disciples of Jesus together with the beloved disciple. It was also Andrew who called his brother, Simon Peter to Jesus. However, in today’s Gospel reading, we see both Andrew and Peter being called by Jesus at the same time. One thing that stands out with the call of Simon and his brother Andrew is when Jesus said to them: Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. They immediately left their nets and followed him. There was no hesitation but they dropped everything and followed Jesus. This is the appropriate response when we hear the call of Jesus.
This call of Jesus is a call to everyone to follow him, in their own way. Jesus called Andrew and Simon Peter, by the Sea of Galilee, casting their nets and he called James and John in the boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus calls us every moment of our lives and he does not demand that we do something special to be called. He calls us just as we are.
Many are afraid to respond to the call of Jesus. Why? Because they think they are not worthy or they cannot meet what is needed. The truth is no one is worthy to be called by Jesus and no one can do what Jesus has planned for us to do because he is the One who will make us worthy and he is the One who will make us do extraordinary things. Our ordinariness, or weakness is precisely why Jesus calls us, because it is through our weakness that we will be forced to rely on him and St Paul says: no one who believes in him will be put to shame, and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
When Jesus calls and we respond, then he begins to form us into what he wants us to be. But this he will do when we cooperate with him, believing him, trusting him and allowing him to work in us. We call him so he will save us. When Jesus calls us to do something, he will never abandon us. We will never lack of what we need to do what he wants.
St Andrew was a fisherman yet, when he responded to Jesus, St Andrew became a herald of the Gospel, going to places he probably has not dreamed of, and eventually, giving up his life for the Gospel of his Lord. So now, even as we cannot hear his voice, his word is still heard to the end of the world.
We are called to preach the Gospel whatever state we are, single, married, young, old, rich or poor. We do this out of charity for those who have not heard it. But we proclaim the Truth of the Gospel, not our own ideas, because we cannot save people. It is only the Gospel of Jesus Christ that saves people because Jesus Christ is the only Savior.
If you are an unmarried man or woman and you think Jesus is calling you, are you willing to take that step towards Jesus, trusting that he is calling you to present yourself to be a seminarian or to a consecrated life? Do not wait for an angel to appear before you to give you God’s message, because right now, that tugging in your heart is God speaking to you. Why would God send you an angel when he himself speaks in your heart?
Lord, I pray I may have the courage to respond to your call now. I have hesitated because of either laziness, fear or indifference. But I realize it is only in responding to your call that I can find life. It is only by giving my life for others that I can love them. Come Holy Spirit, give me the courage to say Yes to Jesus. St Andrew, pray for more men and women to offer their lives for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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