Fishers of Men
Wednesday Gospel Refection: Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
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.
Our Advent season has begun! Let us prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ!!!
In this light, I want to draw particular attention to Christ's call to be fishers of men. Christ called Simon (Peter) and Andrew, fishermen, to be the first men to lead people to Christ. It was a radical call from Jesus to follow Him. Their response is also an invitation to all of us to step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. We all are to respond to the call to follow Christ and lead others to him. To be Fishers of Men!
Saint Teresa of Calcutta made a vow, only her confessor knew at the time, that whenever she heard God asking her to do something, she did it immediately! She wasted no time but made every second a step toward Christ. What about you? Do you hear Jesus calling you? As our Lord speaks to each of us, we will respond immediately and in a complete way. We shall not hesitate to embrace the glorious calling we each have been given. Are we always ready to accept the call when it comes? To accept Christ daily and in the final days?
The apostles were the first priest. They laid down their lives, families, jobs, and past and followed Christ. Like the apostles, our priests today are answering that same call. They are answering the radical call of Christ to be Fishers of Men. Therefore, I ask that we make an extra effort to support our Priest! They are significantly persecuted, still sinful humans, and need their people's support.
Let us take the time to pray for our priest.
Saint Teresa, Ora Pro Nobis
Saint Joseph, Ora Pro Nobis
Saint John Vianney, Ora Pro Nobis
May God’s light shine upon you! :)