Sunday, December 2, 2007

Piscatores Hominum

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!" ~ Romans 10:15

St. Andrew, the first apostle is the one who brought his brother, Simon Peter, to Christ. How are we to emulate St. Andrew in running towards Christ with all our heart? How are we called daily to be that witness in others' lives to bring others to Christ? Who is doing the same for us each day?

For as Jesus said:
"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." ~ Matthew 4:19
We are called to be fishers of men if we are to follow in His person call to each of us in our called vocations, whether it be ordained, religious, or married life. We are all to be fishers of men, bringing others to Christ.

St. Andrew is a prime example of his loyalty to Christ, so much so as to be crucified himself in persecution for his love of Christ. The only physical difference was that he had his hands tied and not nailed. In his two days on the cross he continued to preach to the onlookers. Let this be a testament to God's power and love for the whole world. May we follow Christ with such compassion and fervency, too.

Friday's readings:
Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
First: Romans 10:9-18
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Gospel: Mt 4:18-22

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