Reflections

Feast of ST. ANDREW (Apostle), Monday, November 30, 2020

COME, FOLLOW ME—BE MY DISCIPLE
Introduction
Andrew must have been a seeker of God. He first followed John the Baptist, then, when John had pointed out Jesus he transferred to Jesus. He brought several to Jesus: his brother Simon Peter, some Greeks looking for Jesus; at the multiplication he noticed the boy with the loaves and the fish and brought him to Jesus. Tradition says that he was an apostle in the Balkans and Southern Russia; he is the patron of the Church of Constantinople. With Andrew, let us bring people to Jesus and not drive them away from him.
 
Opening Prayer
Lord our God, we honour today your great apostle Andrew. With him make us restless seekers for you and bring many to Jesus and to you. Let Jesus be our life and trust and when we have found Jesus, do not let us keep him to ourselves but share him with all around with the riches of his love and forgiveness, his mercy and compassion. This we ask you through Christ our Lord. Amen!
 
1 Reading: Romans 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, or 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 Psalm PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11
R.(10) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just. or: Alleluia.
 
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul; The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. R.
 
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye. R.
 
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; The ordinances of the LORD are true, all of them just. R.
 
They are more precious than gold, than a heap of purest gold; Sweeter also than syrup or honey from the comb. R.
 
Alleluia Matthew 4:19
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.
 
Commentary
What is the mission of a disciple? Simply put, it is to bring people to Christ. Andrew excels in this role. Wherever we find him in the gospel according to John, he is bringing people to Christ. When John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as the Lamb of God, Andrew left John, stayed with Jesus, and became convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. What did he do then? “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus” (Jn 1:41-42). Later, when the disciples were disheartened as to how they could feed the multitude, Andrew spotted a boy with five barley loaves and two fish, and brought him to Jesus, though he wasn’t sure how it would all add up (Jn 6:9). When the Greeks came looking for Jesus, they went to Philip and Andrew, who in turn informed Jesus about the desire of the Greeks (Jn 12:20).
As the new Liturgical Year began just yesterday, we have an exemplary apostle who sums up the mission of the Church: bring people to Christ, and make disciples for him.
 
Intercessions
– That we may thank the Lord that we have found Jesus, the Messiah and our Savior, we pray:
– That many all over the world may recognize and welcome Jesus as the meaning of their lives, we pray:
– That by the way we live we make Jesus recognizable to others, we pray:
 
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord our God, let your Holy Spirit bring us to this table and unite us with all your apostles and disciples to celebrate the Last Supper of your Son. Let this meal unite us closely to him and make us also eager apostles who want everyone to know and encounter Jesus your Son as the center of their lives. This we ask thorough Christ our Lord. Amen!
 
Prayer after Communion
God our Father, we have sat at the table of your Son; we have listened to his challenging word and eaten his bread of life and strength. We pray you to hasten the day when people from all nations and cultures may sit with us at the same table, be one with us in your Son and sing to you with our many voices one harmonious symphony of praise. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
 
Blessing
Let us attract people to Jesus by the way we live. For we too are part of the missionary Church. Do so with the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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