Homily (Reflection) for the Feast of Saint Andrew, Ap. (30th November, 2017) on the Gospel and the Feast
Ps 18:2-5. (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.
Remember that same Jesus who called Saint Andrew also called and is still calling us today. Although we all must not leave our sources of livelihood as Saint Andrew and his colleagues did but we all must live lives as those who have been called out of the world, cf. Jn 17:14-16.
Again, as Saint Andrew brought the Gentiles to Jesus, we are called not just to be saved but especially to be channels through which others will know Jesus. Bring as much people as possible to Christ through your words and your actions. Remember that you are the light and salt of the earth, cf. Matt 5:13-14. Christians do not walk in darkness and has no boundary with the evil one, cf. Jn 8:12; 2Cor 6:15.
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 – Pray for us.
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