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Homily (Reflection) for the Feast of Saint Andrew, Ap. (30th November, 2016) on the Gospel and the Feast

Rom 10:9-18;
Ps 19:2-3.4-5. (R. v. 5);
Matt 4:18-22.

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 a fisherman by profession, was mentioned several times in the gospels, (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: Called to fish.
Jesus called Saint Andrew in today’s gospel together with his brother and they immediately left their source of livelihood and followed Him without any form of resistance or assurance of a better pay, cf. Matt 4:20. James and John, sons of Zebedee left not only their source of livelihood but also their father, cf. Matt 4:22.
That same Jesus who called Andrew in today’s gospel has not only called each and every one of us but He continues to call us. He called us to be with Him and to be sent out to fish for people, cf. Mk 3:14.
It is not necessary that we all must not leave our genuine sources of livelihood as Saint Andrew did. However, we must be light wherever we are, cf. Matt 5:14. Our identity as Christians must be visible wherever we are. We must live as those who have been called out of the world, cf. Jn 17:14-16.
Finally, we are to bring others to Christ. And to do this effectively, our actions must be in harmony with our words.
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 our brothers and sisters to you through our words and actions – Amen.
Saint Andrew the Apostle – Pray for us.

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