I Will Make You Fisher of People
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.
1st 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, 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 Psalm: Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
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.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:18-22
As Jesus walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He went on from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them. At once they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Andrew preached Jesus the Lord-crucified and risen from the dead, and belonging to all nations and peoples. He went forth and brought this good news of Jesus to the poor and to all those who would listen. He was a missionary, a preacher, a fisherman, a brother, and a believer himself. He began early, leaving everything, his boats and livelihood, to follow Jesus when he was called together with his brother Simon. He was called within his family, his work, and his nation, to leave it all for larger horizons and countries and inner worlds he could never imagine–into the company of Jesus, the Word, the Christ. We are each called in this way, to follow, to preach, and to be the good news we proclaim–to our families, in our jobs, in our countries. And yet we are to be aware of the world that waits for our word, our risking, and our reaching out beyond our small personal lives. If we call on the name of the Lord, we must also confess with our lives that Jesus is Lord.
Let us attract people to Jesus by the way we talk, act and 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!