30 Nov 2018: A call to be Fishers of Men

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Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Reading 1 Rom 10:9-1; Gospel Mt 4:18-22

The gospel presents before us the calling of the first four disciples. At the command of Jesus, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of people,” they drop everything and go after him. They leave behind all their security, comfort Zones and means of livelihood and even their family. Therefore it is a total response for the sake of Christ. They follow Jesus in total trust, uncertain of where he is going or what will happen to them. Following Jesus is a liberating experience. To be a Christian is to be free.  Yet the story is more symbolic than actual because we know that later they would return to their boats and their fishing and their family. Very early on, Peter got Jesus to cure his mother-in-law of a fever. What is most important is not just the external acts but the inner attitude, to be able to use things freely and not to be dependent or clinging.

When we take a look at John’s gospel it is significant that Andrew is called directly by Jesus while Peter is called by Andrew, who brings him to Jesus. It often happens that a lesser person can be instrumental in calling someone who will do great work for God.  The same idea is found in the First Reading from the Letter to the Romans. Paul emphasizes the need for the Gospel to be proclaimed. People cannot believe if they have never heard; they will never hear, if there is no proclamation; there will be no proclamation unless people are sent out. Each one of us, through our Baptism, has received a calling to go out and bring Christ into other people’s lives. Let us ask Andrew to help using following Jesus freely and unconditionally and in learning how to share our faith effectively with those around us.

 

 

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