ADVENT DAY 2: ST. ANDREW, TEACH US TO BE RELIABLE

Scripture Reading:

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately, they left their nets and followed him,” (Mt 4:18-20). 

St. Andrew is the patron saint of Russia, Greece, and Scotland.  He is a fisherman.

This second day of the Advent season let us reflect how can we cast out the net so we can effectively harvest some fish for the Kingdom of God.

Andrew is one of the first four disciples Jesus called.  He allowed Peter, James and John take the limelight while he slipped back into the shadows.  He is known to be the brother of Peter.  Andrew presented himself as a very reliable man, always there when someone needs something.

When Jesus started looking for food to feed a hungry crowd, Andrew already knew that there was a boy with five barley loaves and two fish.

I guess, in this season of Advent, we need to reflect if we can actually be trained to be fishermen of souls.  Are we going to take the steps to be trained by facing the challenges set before us with hope?  Or are we going to have self-pity on how our life is difficult because it is not what we expected?

Andrew is someone that Jesus can depend on to carry out many tasks.  Can Jesus rely on you on various tasks that He will want  you to undertake to save souls?

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, you have called us to be disciples.  In your mercy, grant us the humility of St. Andrew, so that we may choose to live in your light rather than the limelight.  Show us how to bring others to you and to make available whatever you want to use for their good.

The message of the cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 18:2-5)

Source:  Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas, Genevieve Glen and Jerome Kodell

Mass Reading: 

First Reading, Roman 10: 9-18 

Brothers and sisters:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!
But not everyone has heeded the good news;
for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?
Thus faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for

Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world
.

Responsorial Psalms

R. (10) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. (John 6:63) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or:
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come after me, says the Lord,
and I will make you fishers of men.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel, Matthew 4: 18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.

Source:  http://www.usccb.org/

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