Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle

Readings

ROM 10:9-18, Psalm 19, MT 4:18-22

Daily Advent Challenge 11.30On this feast of Saint Andrew, the Gospel recounts Jesus’ call of Andrew to “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Can you imagine being Andrew? You woke up that morning to go fishing as you always did and suddenly Jesus comes along and asks you to leave your profession, your security, and all you know behind. Luckily, Andrew was not alone, for his brother Peter was called, as were James and John. I bet it was easier to say yes to Jesus’ call when others could share in Andrew’s experience.

The stewardship way of life is easier when lived in a community of good stewards. We have each other to lean on, to serve as role models, and to call us to accountability when we falter. God never calls us in isolation. It is the community that helps us to discern God’s call in our life. Imagine what it would have been like for Andrew if Peter, James, and John all responded, “No thanks.” We need each other. We need the Body of Christ.

Daily Advent Challenge

You could be a daily Mass attendee, but if not, try to attend a daily Mass today. If it is too late today, try to attend a daily Mass this week. While there, reflect on what it means to you to be a part of a church community.