St. Andrew—Nov. 30 .
The feast of Saint Andrew invites us to ponder his response to Christ’s call: "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets…" (Mt. 4:19-20). With his brother Peter, Andrew immediately left his fishing nets to catch souls for the Kingdom.
Are we hesitating to respond to Christ this Advent because we are waiting for just the right moment, those perfect circumstances that will allow us to be just as quick as Andrew? Sadly, we may discover that while we were waiting for that illusive moment, we failed to be attentive to the here and now invitations of everyday life, missing opportunities to respond with the generosity of a true follower of Christ.
According to the Gospel of John, Andrew was first a disciple of John the Baptist, and then he was the first disciple called by Jesus (Jn 1:40). He and his brother Peter were fishermen and both were called by Jesus. It was Andrew who spoke up about the boy who had the barley loaves and fishes before the multiplication of the loaves (Jn 6:8-9).
When the Gentiles went to see Jesus, they came to Philip first, but Philip then turned to Andrew who brought them to Jesus (Jn 12:20-22). Although Andrew was not one of the inner circle of disciples (Peter, James and John), it was Andrew's great joy to bring others to Jesus. Little else is said about Andrew in the Gospels.
Legend has it that Andrew preached the Good News in what is now modern Greece and Turkey
It is very fitting to have St. Andrew as a shinning light right before Advent begins. We were set a good example by Andrew. May our dear Lord show us the way to lead others to Him .
'On Ya' - ma