Homily for the Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle (30th November, 2015)
(Monday of the First week of Advent (II)) on the Gospel and the Feast
Rom 10:9-18;Ps 19:2-3,4-5 (R. v.5)
Saint Andrew was the brother of Saint Peter (Matt 10:2). He was born in Bethsaida (Jn 1:44) and was first the disciple of Saint John the Baptist before following Jesus Christ (Jn 1:35-40). He was mentioned several times in the gospels, was a fisherman by profession (cf. Matt 4:18; Mk 1:16), brought the Gentiles to Jesus (Jn 12:20-22), and pointed out the boy with the loaves and the fishes used in feeding the five thousand (Jn 6:8-9).
Topic: Follow me.We see in today’s gospel the call of Saint Andrew whose feast we celebrate today. He and his brother immediately left their source of livelihood and followed Jesus without any form of resistance or assurance of a better pay, cf. Matt 4:20. James and John, sons of Zebedee also left even their father and followed Jesus, cf. Matt 4:22.
My dear, remember that Jesus who called Saint Andrew also called us and is still calling us today. Although we all must not leave our sources of livelihood as Saint Andrew did but must live lives as those who have been called out of the world, cf. Jn 17:14-16.
Bring as much people as possible to Christ through your words and your actions.
Bible Reading: Gal 3:19-4:7; Jn 17:10-21.
Thought for today: You have been called by Jesus Christ.
Let us pray: Lord, we humbly ask you to help us bring people to you through our words and actions today and forever – Amen!
Saint Andrew the Apostle – Pray for us.
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